Report of G7 Kobe Health Ministers’ Meeting Official Side Event “UHC Innovation and Ageing”

Date : 10 September 2016 (Saturday)

Venue : Hyogo House, Kobe, Hyogo, Japan

Participants :
 Dr Margaret Chan
  (Director General of World Health Organization),
 Prof. Keizo Takemi
  (Member of House of Councillors of Japan),
 Mr Toshizo Ido
  (Governor of Hyogo),
 Dr. Yusuke Fukuda
  (Assistant of Health Minister, MHLW)
 and 150 participants from overseas and Japan.

Summary :
Japan organized G7 Health Ministers meeting in Kobe on 11th and 12th September. The WHO Kobe Centre, along with Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare, organized and official side event to the G7 Health Ministers meeting that discussed “UHC, Innovation and Ageing: Research on innovations for achieving sustainable universal health coverage for ageing populations”. The event was highlighted the new WHO Kobe Centre ten year research strategy, ongoing and planned research, and information dissemination focusing on UHC and ageing populations. Prof. Hideomi Watanabe and Prof. Akinori Kama, Gunma University actively contributed and exchanged our information to senior officials as well as participants.
After the side event, there was a ceremony held to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the WHO Kobe Centre. Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, honored Kobe group for their support with certificate of appreciation.