PAHO Director, guest speaker at the "Mega-Regions or Mega-Problems Session" from the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2011 in Davos, Geneva. “With 40 mega-regions accounting for two-thirds of the world’s economic activities, how can regional agglomeration be harnessed to accommodate growth, increase competitiveness, and effectively manage risks?".
World Economic Forum (WEF) Annual Meeting 2011.
Time to Think Long Term about Shared Values.
To achieve a stable world based on shared norms, greater collaboration is needed among all stakeholders.
[26-30 January 2011. Davos-Klosters. Geneva, Switzerland. ]
Mega-Regions or Mega-Problems?
01/27/2011. Congress Centre, Wisshorn.
Washington DC, USA. PAHO. 28 January 2011.
Mirta Roses Periago, Regional Director, The Americas, Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Washington DC;
Global Agenda Council on Chronic Diseases & Well-being captured during the session 'Mega-regions or Mega-problems?' at the Annual Meeting 2011 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 27, 2011. Copyright by World Economic Forum/swiss-image.ch.
The WEF‘s Annual Meeting provides a rethinking of our systems and exploration of strategies and solutions that have positive transformational implications. Particular emphasis will be placed on addressing the question of "How", going beyond analysis and elaborating innovative ideas and solutions to key global challenges.
Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations calls for cooperation to fight chronic disease. “Chronic disease causes 6 out of every 10 deaths worldwide,” said Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations. It is no longer just a rich man’s problem; more than 80% of these deaths occur in developing countries. However, only 3% of development assistance goes to chronic diseases. “To fix the priorities, we must place non-communicable disease high on the development agenda.”
For more than four decades, the WEF’s Annual Meeting has provided leaders from industry, government, academia, civil society and the media with an unrivalled platform to shape the global agenda and catalyze solutions at the start of each year.
Mega-Regions or Mega-Problems? is the session where PAHO Director participated as a guest speaker, which addressed the following dimensions: Environmental sustainability and resources, Housing and infrastructure, Population dynamics and health, and Economic development and technological innovation.
The session also included as speakers other relevant leaders:
• Emmanuel Jimenez **, Director, Human Development, East Asia and Pacific Region and Editor, World Bank Research Observer, World Bank, Washington DC
• Rajendra Joshi **, Managing Trustee, Saath Charitable Trust, India
• Konrad Otto-Zimmermann **, Secretary-General, ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Germany
Facilitated by Mohsen Mostafavi **, Dean, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, USA
During the five-day event, PAHO Director has the opportunity to participate in several sessions and events among others related to: Personalized Medicine: How will genomics and personalized medicine change our lives in the decade to come?; The Science Agenda in 2011: What are the trends and norms shaping the science agenda in 2011?; Healthy Norms, Longer Lives: Seventy per cent of premature deaths are linked to unhealthy behavior. What are the simple steps we can take to live longer, healthier lives?; Health Nightcap with Social Entrepreneurs, Young Global Leaders and CEOs: What are the new ideas that are revolutionizing the way we think, communicate and deliver health?; Combating Chronic Disease: With chronic disease causing nearly 60% of all deaths, how should the public and private sectors work together to combat diabetes, cancer, and heart and lung diseases?; Healthy Living: How to Reverse Stress and Sedentary Lifestyles?: Good health can no longer be the concern of hospitals, doctors and Ministries of Health. To face future global health challenges and their social and economic impact, there is a need for conducive environments which encompass homes, schools, workplaces and communities. This is especially true for chronic diseases, which require long term-behavioral change; Raising Healthy Children: How can disease and mortality rates among children in developing countries be radically decreased?
A major focus of this year’s meeting will be how to deal with global risks, develop risk mitigation strategies and capture related opportunities. The World Economic Forum will present its Risk Response Network at the Annual Meeting, which will serve as a preparatory, analytical and highly practical framework for the global community in the service of improving global risk management. The Risk Response Network is a platform designed to better understand, manage and respond to complex, interdependent risk.
Over 1,400 business leaders from the Forum’s 1,000 Member companies are taking part in the Annual Meeting. Participants also include over 35 heads of state or government, with 19 of the G20 governments represented at ministerial level or higher. They are joined by government ministers, central bankers, top officials from international organizations, labor leaders, religious leaders, representatives of civil society, media and leading academics.
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