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Launch of WHO’s Investment Round and announcement of winners of 5th edition of the Health For All Film Festival

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Date and Place: 26 May 2024 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm at WHO Headquarters’.

Prior to the formal opening of the World Health Assembly on Monday 27 May, on Sunday WHO will launch its Investment Round and announce the winners of the 5th edition of the Health For All Film Festival.

The event will be opened by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and attended by High-Level Representatives of Member States. There will be statements of commitment to WHO from Member States and other supporters. The event will also feature live performances by internationally acclaimed Egyptian opera singer Farrah El Dibany and renowned Franco-American pianist ​Jeff Cohen, and the awarding of Film Festival prizes by Indian actor, filmmaker, and social advocate Nandita Das.

The event will be live-streamed

Information about WHO’s Investment Round can be found here: WHO’s Investment Round

Health for All Film Festival

The Grand Prix winners of the Health for All Film Festival will be announced by Indian actor, filmmaker and social advocate Nandita Das, who is a member of the distinguished international jury. The winners of four special film prizes, on the themes of Universal health coverage; Emergencies, refugees and migrant health; Better health and physical activity; and the very short films category, will also be announced.

More than 900 filmmakers from 110 countries submitted short films for this 5th edition of the festival, on themes ranging from climate change and refugees to tobacco use and gender-based violence.

This event will be followed by a high-level reception hosted by the Federal Republic of Germany.

This event is primarily for World Health Assembly delegates, partners, and special guests by invitation only.

Journalists wishing to attend in person are invited to register here: https://indico.un.org/event/1011840/

Programme for Sunday, 26 May 2024

17:00 – Opening of the Launch Event of WHO’s Investment Round

· Investment Round video

· Song renditions Farrah El Dibany with Jeff Cohen

Welcome remarks WHO Director-General Dr Tedros

A Director-General’s Award for Global Health will be announced; 2 additional DG Awards will be announced on Monday.

Statements by invited guests:

· H.E. Ms Mia Mottley – Prime Minister of Barbados

· Mr Gordon Brown – former UK Prime Minister, current WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

· H.E. Ms Nisia Trindade – Minister of Health of Brazil (video statement)

· H.E. Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari – Minister of Health of Qatar

· H.E. Mr Jan Christian Vestre – Minister of Health of Norway

· Mr Frédéric Valletoux – Minister Delegate in charge of Health and Prevention, France

· Dr Gabriel Leung – The Institute of Philanthropy

18:00 – Announcement of winners of 5th Health For All Film Festival

Opening remarks:

Actor Nandita Das announces winners:

· Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Grand Prix

· Better Health and Well-being Grand Prix

· Health Emergencies Grand Prix

Song rendition by Farrah El Dibany with Jeff Cohen

18:30: Conclusion

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Message of Condolence from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) on the Passing of Sir Neville Nicholls

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The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) expresses profound sadness on the passing of Sir Neville Nicholls. His contributions to our region have left an indelible mark, and his legacy will be remembered with great respect and admiration. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues during this difficult time. Sir Neville’s dedication and service to the Caribbean will continue to inspire us all.

Sir Neville served the CDB with distinction in progressively critical roles from 1971 until his retirement in 2001. As President, he led the Bank for three terms with vision, wisdom and a deep understanding of the Region’s socio-economic landscape.

Sir Neville also contributed his wide experience and expertise to several public and private institutions in his homeland, Barbados, including the legal and academic fraternities.

CARICOM conveys deepest condolences to his family, community of friends and former colleagues.

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Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell’s Travel to Ghana, Gabon, Senegal, and the United Kingdom

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WASHINGTON, DC (FNN) – Deputy Secretary of State Kurt M. Campbell will embark on an important diplomatic mission from July 14 to July 19, visiting Ghana, Gabon, Senegal, and the United Kingdom. This trip is aimed at strengthening bilateral relations, advancing democracy, enhancing economic cooperation, and addressing regional and global security challenges.

Itinerary and Objectives:

Ghana (July 14-15)

  • Meetings:
    • President Nana Akufo-Addo
    • Youth leaders
  • Key Topics:
    • Strengthening U.S.-Ghana partnership
    • Advancing democracy and security in West Africa
    • Reinforcing two-way trade and investment
    • U.S. investment in digital technology solutions

Gabon (July 16)

  • Meetings:
    • Leaders of Gabon’s transition government
    • Civil society leaders
  • Key Topics:
    • Discussing political transition toward democracy
    • Exploring economic growth opportunities
    • Visiting a Congo Basin rain forest
    • Highlighting U.S. support for environmental and sustainable management practices
    • Advancing U.S.-Gabon security partnership, focusing on regional stability and maritime security in the Gulf of Guinea

Senegal (July 17)

  • Meetings:
    • President Bassirou Diomaye Faye
    • Entrepreneurs
  • Key Topics:
    • Emphasizing dedication to democracy, good governance, and economic growth
    • Showcasing U.S. investments:
      • Millennium Challenge Corporation’s $550 million power compact
      • U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s $81 million loan for the hospitality industry
    • Discussing IT solutions for economic growth and environmental challenges

United Kingdom (July 18-19)

  • Meetings:
    • Senior UK officials in the new government
  • Key Topics:
    • Addressing global challenges through the Special Relationship
    • Ceasefire in Gaza
    • Supporting Ukraine against Russia’s aggression
    • Outcomes from the NATO Summit in Washington
    • Priorities in the Indo-Pacific

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NATO secretary-general says some allies have air defense systems they could give to Ukraine

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BRUSSELS (AP) — NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg on Friday pressed member countries to give more Patriot missile systems to Ukraine as President Volodymyr Zelenskyy repeated Kyiv’s almost daily appeals for more Western air defense equipment.

“NATO has mapped out existing capabilities across the alliance and there are systems that can be made available to Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told reporters after an online meeting of defense ministers from the 32-nation alliance, which Zelenskyy took part in remotely.

Russia’s air force is vastly more powerful than Ukraine’s, but sophisticated missile systems provided by Kyiv’s Western partners are a major threat to Russian aviation as the Kremlin’s forces slowly push forward along the around 1,000-kilometer (620-mile) front line in the war.

Kyiv is seeking at least seven Patriot batteries. Stoltenberg declined to say which NATO nations have air defense systems or how many might be available, saying that this is classified information, but he insisted that he expects the countries to make new announcements of support soon, not only Patriots.

“Allies must dig deep into their inventories and speed up the delivery of missiles, artillery and ammunition. Ukraine is using the weapons we provide it to destroy Russian combat capabilities. This makes us all safer,” he said.

“Support to Ukraine is not charity. It is an investment in our own security,” Stoltenberg added.

Patriot missile batteries can take two years to make, so countries that have them can be reluctant for security reasons to leave themselves exposed. Germany had a total of 12, but is supplying three to Ukraine. Poland, which borders Ukraine, has only two and needs them for its own defenses.

Greece, the Netherlands, Romania and Spain also possess Patriots. One major advantage of providing the U.S.-made systems, apart from their effectiveness, is that Ukrainian troops are already trained in their use.

NATO keeps track of the stocks of weapons held by its 32 member countries to ensure that they are able to execute the organization’s defense plans in times of need.

But Stoltenberg said that if dropping below the guidelines is “the only way NATO allies are able to provide Ukraine with the weapons they need to defend themself, well that’s a risk we have to take.”

Beyond providing new Patriot batteries, Stoltenberg said that it’s also important for the allies to ensure that the batteries they send are well maintained, have spare parts and plenty of interceptor missiles.

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