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PaRD at the 10th World Health Summit 2018

The global summit was held in Berlin from October 14-16, 2018 for the 10th time with a panel co-convened by the PaRD “Health” work-stream on “Respect and Dialogue”.

The World Health Summit is one of the world’s most prominent forums for global health. The summit aims to improve health all over the planet, catalyzing that process through collaboration and open dialogue, and steering tomorrow’s agenda to improve research, education, healthcare, and policy outcomes. It brings together researchers, physicians, key government officials, and representatives from industry as well as from NGOs and healthcare systems all over the world to address the most pressing issues facing every facet of healthcare and medicine in the upcoming decade and beyond.

At this 10th World Health Summit, a workshop was organised by the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) for Health. Against the backdrop of growing violent extremism, conflicts and suffering worldwide, the 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, international policy and academic networks and global multi-stakeholder-partnerships such as PaRD, represented at the session by Reverend Phumzile Mabizela, Inerela+ Executive Director, South Africa.

The session explored 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.