G20 Health Ministers Meeting: Rebuilding the World for a Better Post-COVID19

G20 Health Ministers Meeting: Rebuilding the World for a Better Post-COVID19

Health Ministers Meeting of the World’s Leading Group of Developed and Emerging Economies (G20), to be held in Rome (Italy) for 2 days from September 5 to 6, 2021.

Presenting a COVID-19 green card in Rome, Italy, August 6, 2021. Illustration: AFP/VNA

The conference took place with the main message of “building back for the better” and strengthening cooperation, solidarity and equality to “leave no one behind”.

The G20 Health Ministers Meeting consists of 3 sessions. The first session focused on discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The protracted medical emergency now threatens progress in achieving the SDGs. The world therefore needs to pursue a recovery that takes into account the lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic, adapting them to the SDG context.

The second session will focus on providing specific guidance for these changes. The G20 countries will find answers to the question of what to do to prevent, better prepare and respond to future pandemics.

The third session will review the tools that enable the international community to effectively combat the COVID-19 pandemic. G20 member countries addressed identifying the best possible global strategies to support the development and equitable access to vaccines, treatments and diagnostics.

The G20 Health Ministers Meeting in Rome is a step forward in the path that Italy, which holds the G20 Presidency this year, has taken together with G20 members, guest countries and international organisations. While maintaining the central role of the World Health Organization (WHO), the G20 aims to improve cooperation between existing international organizations and national authorities, preparing the possibility of establishing a forum joint coordination and decision-making of the G20 Health and Finance Ministers, open to international organizations and other stakeholders. Ensuring a stronger and more stable financial system is an essential corollary to this goal, both to weather COVID-19 and to be better equipped to deal with future pandemics. .