India’s G20 presidency: 1st G20 Health Working Group Meeting to be held in Kerala from January 18
India has determined three priorities for the G20 Health Track for coordinated action
The first Health Working Group conference under the G20 India Presidency will take place in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, from January 18 to 20.
An important milestone was reached when India took over the G20 leadership on December 1, 2022. India is currently part of the G20 Troika, which also includes previous chair Indonesia and the next chair Brazil.
There will be four Health Working Group (HWG) meetings and one Health Ministerial Meeting as part of the G20 India Presidency's Health Track (HMM). These meetings will be conducted in several cities throughout the nation, including Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Hyderabad (Telangana), Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), Goa, and Thiruvananthapuram (Kerala), to emphasize PM Modi’s call to actively promote India's rich and diverse cultures.
Along with each HWG meeting, India also intends to conduct a side event to enlarge, augment, and assist G20 conversations. These include co-branded events with the Global Center for Traditional Medicine and side events on medical value travel and digital health. Another is a workshop on joint research in pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, and vaccines.
The side event on medical value travel will also take place in Thiruvananthapuram from January 18–20, 2023, with the first meeting of the HWG.
As per the official press release from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India's goal as G20 Presidency Chair is to maintain and consolidate health initiatives and important lessons learned from past presidencies. India also wants to move toward coordinated action and attain convergence in talks across several international forums involved in health cooperation.
In order to achieve this, India has determined the following three priorities for the G20 Health Track:
Priority I: Prepare for, prevent, and respond to health emergencies.
Priority II: Enhancing Pharmaceutical Sector Cooperation with a Focus on Availability and Access to Safe, Effective, High-Quality, and Affordable Medical Countermeasures.
Priority III: Advancing Universal Health Coverage and Improving Healthcare Service Delivery via Digital Health Innovations and Solutions.
The HWG sessions will include talks on various topics relating to the aforementioned priorities. Participants in the summit will include representatives from G20 member nations, special invitee nations, and pertinent international organizations.