In 2017, Senegal became the 15th country to sign the 'Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities' with the Global Fund, strengthening a 15-year long partnership to fight AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.
EU foreign ministers endorse new Africa-EU Partnership Strategy
EU foreign ministers have endorsed a new joint EU-Africa Strategy that seeks to strengthen mutual engagement, address security, and promote sustainable, inclusive economic African development. The Strategy Communication, launched in May 2017, identifies two strands for these objectives. First, the strategy aims at building more resilient states and societies, with a focus on 1) preventing conflicts, address crises and peace-building, 2) strengthening governance systems; and 3) managing migration and mobility. Second, it aims at creating more and better jobs, especially for youth, with a focus on 1) attracting investments, 2) promoting renewable energy, 3) transforming African agriculture and agro-businesses, and 4) improving knowledge and skills in the African continent. The European Council’s endorsement underscored the importance of human rights, gender equality, and sexual and reproductive health and rights in the work to be supported by the new strategy.
The Management Board of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has begun to prepare for the likelihood that the UK will become a “third country” under its protocols starting in March 2019. EMA, which is currently located in London, regulates the effectiveness, safety, and quality of medicines while maintaining a regulatory environment supporting innovation and development of new medicines. Due to the exit of the UK from the EU, the EMA must prepare for re-location to an EU member state, as well as redistribution of workload and provision of guidance and information to pharmaceutical companies in this new landscape.
Conference focuses on infectious agents and antimicrobial resistance in Melbourne
Convened by the Communicable Diseases Network Australia, the Public Health Laboratory Network, and the Public Health Association of Australia, the Communicable Diseases Control (CDC) Conference 2017 is meeting in Melbourne, Australia, from June 26 to June 28, under the theme “Infectious Diseases: a global challenge”. Topics covered include threats to health security from old and new infectious agents as well as the increasing threat of antimicrobial resistance, and how an interconnected world shapes the spread of infection.
Hamburg is set to host the 12th G20 Summit on July 7 to 8, 2017. More than 20 heads of state or government as well as representatives of international organizations will meet to discuss the list of topics prioritized by Germany, which assumed the presidency in December 2016. Germany wants to use its G20 presidency to address key global challenges and problems beyond the economic and financial, focusing also on migration, health, refugees, and counter-terrorism.