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2018 World Health Summit in Berlin on October 14th to 16th 2018

The InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health and PaRD are hosting a session titled “Linking Cultural Heritage, Values, Cutting-Edge Science, Religion, and Health to Promote Peace and Respect” on Oct 14th at 4:00 PM.


Please register for the summit and the session via

The SDGs are an indivisible and interdependent set of goals for sustainable development that are inherently linked with the Health in All Policies approach (HiAP). It provides a tool for finding common ground between economic and social development, environmental sustainability and human health. One of the most important challenges for global health in the coming decade will be to develop synergies between a wide range of SDGs and health.

Sustaining peace is the central aim of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16: Peace, justice and strong institutions, and a necessary basis for all other SDGs, including “Good Health and Well-being”. Recognizing universal human rights and fundamental freedom of others is vital to ensure open dialogues as well as the well-being and the survival of diverse communities around the globe, as emphasized in the UNESCO 1995 Declaration on Tolerance. Against the backdrop of growing violent extremism, conflicts and suffering worldwide, the Inter Academy Partnership (IAP) intends to give science a stronger voice and take more responsibility. Jointly with other organisations, IAP is setting up the initiative
“Respect and Dialogue” in order to foster an atmosphere of mutual respect, contribute to an open, free, peaceful, forward-looking enlightened culture of discussion and curtail religious, ideological, political and cultural bigotry.

To that end, the IAP member academies will join forces with other groups towards this important goal, including museums and symbolic places of cultural respect and exchange (e.g. the Humboldt Forum in Berlin, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the Louvre Abu Dhabi), international policy and academic networks such as “The Science Bridge” and the “Sapiens 5.0” project and global multi-stakeholder-partnerships such as the International Partnership on Religion and Sustainable Development (PaRD). Thus, they will bring together leading experts and practitioners from science, policy, religion, business and media for dialogues about respect, dignity, and nonviolence in different spheres of life around the globe. The session will explore the relationships between values, cutting-edge science, religion, and health, and look into innovative and unconventional partnerships to investigate how science can contribute more efficiently to promoting respect and peace through an enlightened culture of structured dialogues.


Dr. Edelgard Bulmahn
German Bundestag | former German Federal Minister of Education and Research and former Vice President of the German Bundestag | Germany

Prof. Dr. Jeremy Farrar
Wellcome Trust | Director | United Kingdom


Dr. Marwa ElWakil
Library of Alexandria | Head of Academic Research Sector | Egypt

Prof. Dr. Mohamed H.A. Hassan
Sudanese National Academy of Science | Executive | Sudan

Prof. Dr. Depei Liu
Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences (CAMS) & Peking Union Medical College (PUMC) | Former President | China
Chinese Academy of Engineering | Former Vice-President | China

Rev’d Phumzile Mabizela
Inerela+ | Executive Director | South Africa

Azza Karam, Ph.D.
UNFPA | Senior Advisor | United States of America

Prof. Dr. Paul Verschure
Universitat Pompeu Fabra | Research Professor & Coordinator Sapiens 5.0 | Spain
Sapiens5.0: Realizing Human-AI Collaboration for a Viable and Dignified Society


Prof. Dr. Johannes Vogel
Museum für Naturkunde – Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science Berlin | Director General | Germany


Responsible on behalf of PaRD work-stream Health:
Stefan Sengstmann, WVI
Mwai Makoka, WCC
Nora Shamroukh, IRW
Katherine Marshall, WFDD
Daniel Legutke, German Bishops Conference/ Commission Justice and Peace
Julia Millauer, Global Alliances for the Cairo Programme of Action (GIZ commissioned by BMZ)
Ulrich Nitschke/ Jonas Lucas, PaRD Secretariat

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