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Dr. Harsh Vardhan Attends G20 Health Ministers Meeting In Japan

Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Harsh Vardhan attended the G20 Okayama Health Ministers Meeting held under the Presidency of Japan in Okayama, Japan.

The deliberations of the G 20 Health Ministers focused on four major global health issues, namely:

  • Achievement of Universal Health Coverage
  • Response to population aging
  • Management of health risks and health security management including Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) and its containment.

Key Highlights

Dr. Harsh Vardhan made particular and specific interventions in all of the issues put forth for deliberation in the meeting.

  • Talking about the Universal Health Coverage (UHC), he highlighted about the Ayushman Bharat, FIT India Campaign and Eat Right Campaign. He assured that India is on the path to achieve UHC and contribute effectively in sustaining UHC at the global level.
  • On response to “population aging”, Dr. Harsh Vardhan shared India’s vision for its projected 20% elderly population by 2050. He conveyed the efforts done so far under the National Program for Health Care of Elderly to provide accessible, affordable and high quality long-term health care services to an ageing population.
  • Deliberating of Health Risk and Health Security, the Union Health Minister responded by stating as to how Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) is seen as a serious threat to global and public health and highlighted India’s commendable performance within a very short span to contribute to global AMR R&D efforts.

The G20 Health Ministers Meeting concluded by adopting the “Okayama Declaration of the G20 Health Ministers”. The declaration endorses the commitment of the G20 countries to address the major global health issues and to pave way towards an inclusive and sustainable world. As envisioned in the 2030 agenda for sustainable development.
Further, the G20 members have committed to continue this dialogue during the upcoming G20 Presidency in Saudi Arabia.

What are G20 Summit and Ministerial Meetings?
The G20 Summit on Financial Markets and the World Economy is held every year to discuss the critical issues affecting the global economy, and it brings together the members of the G7 (France, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan, Italy, Canada and the European Union), as well as Argentina, Australia, Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, and Turkey (listed in alphabetical order).

The participating nations represent 80% of global gross domestic product. Designated as the “premier forum for international economic cooperation”,  in recent years the G20 Summit has dealt with a wide range of issues facing the global community, including development, climate and energy, digital economy, and employment in addition to the world economy.

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