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Health and High Politics

  • Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility 1 Devonshire Pl Toronto, ON, M5S 3K7 Canada (map)

Health & High Politics: The modern state’s interest in health equity & security 

Saturday, January 31 | 10AM-5:15PM | Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs 


We are pleased to announce that the theme for IRSociety's 2015 Conference is Global Health. We encourage you to come out for a fruitful day of discussion with Canada's foremost scholars in the field, including Peter A. Singer, Professor Joy Fitzgibbon, Dr. James Orbinski, Dr. Ophira Ginsburg, Professor Jillian Kohler, Professor Leslie Davidson Professor Helen Dimaras, and Ms. Amy Tang. 
Details about speakers available on our website here:


10:00-10:45 Registration and Continental Breakfast

10:45 -11:30 Introductions + Keynote, Peter A Singer, CEO of Grand Challenges Canada.

11:30- 12:45: Panel 1 – Paradigm Shift: The New Health Landscape

The 21st century has seen traditional “state-centric” threats – war, espionage, etc. – replaced with non-state threats from terrorism to tsunamis. International institutions like the G8, the WHO, and the OECD have identified disease and health inequality as chief among these “neo-vulnerabilities.” How did we get to where we are today? What, ultimately, compels a state to address global health equity and security

12:45 - 2:15 Lunch Provided

2:15 - 3:30: Panel 2 – Global Co-Operation in Action

Addressing new sources of vulnerability requires practical collaboration between governments, non-state actors, and the academy. What is required to reach solutions that meet the goals of all these actors? How can innovators best engage their state, others, and the international community to affect positive health outcomes?

3:30 - 4: Coffee Break

4 - 5:15 Panel 3 – The Next Decade: Stress-Tests in Health Collaboration

Looking to the future, what will be required of our international health infrastructure? Is our system prepared to meet existing and fast-evolving challenges from communicable and non-communicable disease? How does the status-quo need to change and what are our metrics for success?

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