First G20 Health Working Group Meeting begins in Thiruvananthapuram

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The first G-20 Health Working Group (HWG) meeting under India’s G-20 presidency began on 18 January at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. This meeting will be held from January 18 to 20, 2023.

An overview of the news

  • These HWG meetings will be held in various places in the country including Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, Goa, Hyderabad in Telangana and Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

  • It will highlight PM Modi's call to showcase India's rich and diverse cultures.

  • The meeting will be attended by representatives of G-20 member states, special invitees and relevant international organisations.

  • India is currently part of the G-20 Troika which refers to the top grouping within the G-20 which includes countries like Indonesia, Brazil and India.

  • This is the first time that three developing countries are part of this troika.

  • Under the presidency of India, the G-20 health track will include four Health Working Group (HWG) meetings and a Health Ministerial Meeting (HMM).

Three priorities for achieving India's G-20 Presidency mission 

  1. Prevention, preparedness and response to health emergencies (with a focus on health and AMR).

  2. Strengthening Cooperation in Pharmaceutical Sector with an emphasis on Access and Availability to safe, effective, quality and Affordable Medical Countermeasures (Vaccines, Therapeutics and Diagnostics).  

  3. Digital Health Innovations and Solutions to Aid Universal Health Coverage and Improve Healthcare Service Delivery.

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