Programme theme: Sustainable development and the environment

Flooding in the Greater Horn of Africa: building effective early warning systems helped build better links between the meteorological, hydrological and disaster risk management communities.

Knowledge for development: optimising development impact through investments in research looked at the UK’s use of the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF), which is aimed at catalysing high quality, multi-disciplinary research to improve lives in the Global South. Discussions recommended that a clear statement of the intent of the GCRF was needed to build enthusiasm around the opportunities it represents for development.

The focus of our second Development Evaluation meeting was achieving the SDGs and maximising development impact. Tracking development progress and evaluating development partnerships in the post 2015 era. Participants explored the need for evaluation to ‘step out of its comfort zone’ to play a unique role in supporting progress towards implementing the SDGs.

Unique opportunities and challenges were the focus of Diversification and resilience a blue, digital and green future for small islands and micro states. The discussion, held in the British Virgin Islands, brought together innovative thinkers from the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific Islands, as well as from other micro-states, emerging and developed economies to map out a pathway for policymaking, investment and sustainable growth in potentially fragile conditions.

We convened a meeting to support A One Health approach to building anti-microbial resistance: National Action Plans in middle and low income countries.

Taking on another of the world’s critical public health challenges, we brought together experts, officials and advocates to focus on Viral Hepatitis in Asia – collaborating for results. Discussion revealed the urgency of addressing this virus, the need for better data and surveillance, increased access to direct acting antivirals, improved diagnostics, and stronger public policies.

We also focused on Building a strong HIV prevention movement in sub-Saharan Africa, with high level global health experts and government leaders. Monica Geingos, the First Lady of Namibia, and UNAIDS Special Advocate for Young Women and Adolescent Girls, spoke passionately on the record about the need for greater non-medical prevention efforts to reduce HIV infection particularly in young women and girls.

Assurance for safe medicines and health products: protecting public health through unified global action provided a platform for participants to evaluate the appropriate roles played by public health organisations, private sector, regulatory and enforcement bodies, as well as civil society and academia.