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International Symposium: Advancing the Global Health Agenda – from Nagasaki to the World

May 15, 2023
Nagasaki, Japan

Organizers: Nagasaki University, World Bank Group

Sponsors: Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, Nagasaki Prefecture, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Newspaper, Nagasaki Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Nagasaki Association of Corporate Executives (Nagasaki Doyukai) 

The COVID pandemic revealed once again that pandemic PPR requires actions to be taken everywhere – without regard to boundaries between advanced economies and developing economies.

On the sidelines of the G7 Health Ministers’ Meeting in Nagasaki, Nagasaki University and the World Bank Group partnered to host a key international symposium on global health.


9:00Opening Remarks by Distinguished Guests (Nagasaki University President KOHNO,  Minister of Health, MP KATO, State Minister of Finance (Deputy Minister), MP AKINO, Governor OISHI, Mayor, City of Nagasaki, and WBG HDVP Mamta Murthi)
9:50Keynote Speech 1 (Aparnaa Somanathan Practice Manager for Health Nutrition and Population, East Asia and Pacific Region, The World Bank)
10:05 Keynote Speech 2 (Professor Kara Hanson on behalf of Nagasaki University and London School of Hygine and Tropical Medicines)
10:20Country experiences on building robust health systems
- Moderator: Dr/Professor Naoko YAMAMOTO (former WHO assistant DG)
- Bangladesh: Minister of health and family welfare, H.E. Mr. Zahid Maleque
- Cambodia: Secretary of State (Ministry of Health), H.E. Dr. Lo Veasnakiry

- Indonesia: Pak Ghufron Mukti, President Director, BJPS-Health (Social Security Administrator for Health)
- Kenya: Dr. Isabel MAINA, Convener of the Joint Learning Network (JLN) Steering Group

 (also serving as Head, Division of Health Financing, Ministry of Health)
- Comments by Dr. Osamu KUNII (former director, Global Fund and currently serving as CEO, Global Health Innovative Fund)
11:55Closing Remarks (Honorable Tsutomu TOMIOKA, former MP representing Nagasaki City)


Keynote Speech

Talking Points for Aparnaa Somanathan, Practice Manager, World Bank
Opening Event, Nagasaki University



  • Date and Time: 9:00am - 12:00pm, Monday, May 15, 2023 (Japan Standard Time)
  • Format: Face-to-face
  • Venue: Nagasaki University Medical School Commemoration Hall (1-12-4 Sakamoto, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture)
  • Language: Japanese-English (simultaneous interpretation will be provided)
  • CONTACT: The World Bank Group Tokyo Office 03-3597-6650