According to the WFP, 702 million people live in extreme poverty and 793 million people are undernourished. Meanwhile, global climate change threatens to worsen food insecurity and malnutrition globally, while disproportionally affecting vulnerable populations. Climate change increases the number of extreme weather events, promotes long-term changes to ecosystems, reduces the availability of water and makes patterns of drought and flooding less predictable. These phenomena in turn affect food availability, access, stability and utilization. How should development efforts respond to this complex problem in the coming years?
“UHC” or Universal Health Coverage has garnered a lot of interests from the global health community in past decade. The WHO defines UHC as the condition in which“all people and communities can use the promotive, preventive, curative, rehabilitative and palliative health services they need, of sufficient quality to be effective, while also ensuring that the use of these services does not expose the user to financial hardship.” In some countries, the dream of UHC has converted into a reality, and in others are still in the design or implementation stage. In this panel, we will discuss the right to healthcare, and what is necessary to ensure it. Furthermore, we will debate how emerging challenges, such as new diseases and pandemics (e.g., Zika, ebola, AMR, global security) make the goal of UHC even more complex and demanding.
Technology represents an opportunity to improve healthcare, education and early childhood development for all children around the world. However, if nothing is done, unequal access to new technologies may actually widen the existing gap between children in developed and developing country. Gaps in access and quality of child protection systems may impose growing challenges for children from developing countries to thrive in an economic system that demands sophisticated cognitive skills and qualified labor. In this panel, we will discuss how donors, governments and NGOs can democratize the benefits of technological advancement, so that children in developing contexts also benefit from them. We will also look at higher education and professional training, to debate how we can prevent the gap between developing and developed countries from widening further.
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