Global Governance for Health symposium held in Beijing

On Jan 22, the Beijing Symposium on Global Governance for Health was held at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing. This symposium was organized by EPIIC (Education for Public Inquiry and International Citizenship) Peking University Delegation in co-operation with the Lancet-University of Oslo Youth Commission on Global Governance for Health.

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The symposium is aiming at converging young students and scholars in Beijing from different majors with a common interest in global health to present their ideas on this topic. It is co-sponsored by the Secretariat of the Lancet-UiO Commission on Global Governance for Health and the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Beijing.

A group of 7 young and enthusiastic students from Peking University presented their research at the symposium. Their research covers a wide variety of topics: foreign policy and global governance for health, WHO and its cooperation with lower level government in heath policy making, how cultural factors and social norms create misunderstandings in health related issues, mercury pollution in China, aging health and preferences for elderly care, and China’s health reform. Their research proposals will be submitted to the Lancet-UiO Commission after the symposium.

Dr. Ole Petter Ottersen, Rector of the University of Oslo and Chairman of the Lancet-UiO Commission on Global Governance for Health sent his congratulations via video to the participants and encouraged them to take an active part in issues related to global health governance. Dr. Kari Kveseth, Counsellor of Science and Higher Education at the Royal Norwegian Embassy emphasized the importance of youth exchange in science and research and expressed the Norwegian Embassy’s strong support in promoting exchange and understanding between university students in Norway and China.

The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health is an independent academic research initiative managed in collaboration with The Harvard Global Health Institute.

Source: The Embassy of Norway in China

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