Mar del Plata to host G20 health ministerial meeting next week

The ministerial meeting on Thursday 4 October will address malnutrition and the responsiveness of health systems to crises and pandemics, among other topics.

Senior health officials from G20 countries will take part in the G20 Health Ministerial Meeting in the coastal city of Mar del Plata on 4 October to advance on global policy commitments in the area of public health.

The meeting at the NH Gran Hotel Provincial will be chaired by Argentine Secretary of Health, Adolfo Rubinstein. Items on the agenda include antimicrobial resistance, malnutrition as it related to childhood overweight and obesity, the strengthening of health systems and the responsiveness of health systems to crises and pandemics.

A press conference by the G20 troika is scheduled for 12.30 pm local time. The G20 troika is made up of the country currently holding the G20 presidency (Argentina), the country that held the presidency last year (Germany), and the country holding the presidency next year (Japan). Secretary Rubinstein, together with Thomas Gebhart, German Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister of Health, and Chieko Ikeda, Japanese Senior Assistant Minister for Global Health, will brief on the meeting’s conclusions.

Later that afternoon, the participants will take part in a simulation exercise to understand and raise awareness on the challenges posed by antimicrobial resistance. With a focus on communication, collaboration and coordination, the exercise will help create strategic solutions to address antimicrobial resistance both domestically and globally. It will be facilitated by Chief Medical Officer for England and Chief Medical Advisor to the UK government, Professor Dame Sally Davies, and Argentine doctor and journalist Dr Nelson Castro.

The health ministers will also issue a joint declaration to be submitted for consideration at the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Buenos Aires on 30 November and 1 December.

International organizations

Senior officials from G20 member and guest countries will be joined by representatives from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Global Fund, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and Unitaid.

About the Health Working Group

The G20 agreed on the creation of the Health Working Group in China in 2016, and the group came into being under the German presidency the following year, with Argentina as co-chair.

The G20 Health Ministerial Meeting will help countries agree on a joint declaration, which will reaffirm the G20 countries’ commitments towards the health-related policies and goals agreed at international level.