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G20 Health Ministers’ Meeting and Crisis Exercise in Berlin

Crisis management exercise for G20 Health Ministers with support from Robert Koch Institute - May 2017

The first meeting of health ministers of the Group of Twenty leading in­dus­trialised and emerging eco­nomies (G20) took place in Berlin on 19 and 20 May 2017. Held under the banner of "Together Today for a Healthy Tomorrow – Joint Commitment for Shaping Global Health", the meeting focused on combating global health hazards.

To be better prepared for future health crises, the G20 Health Ministers, together with representatives from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the World Bank, had taken the opportunity to rehearse the event of a transnational outbreak - in this case a fictional outbreak of a deadly respiratory tract infection that threatens to spread globally, a scenario devised by experts of the Robert Koch Institute. A further topic at the meeting was on combating antimicrobial resistance, one of the biggest threats to global health affecting industrialised and developing countries alike.

Germany took over the Presidency of the G20 – the Group of Twenty leading industrialised and emerging economies – on 1 December 2016.

Date: 22.05.2017