Concept paper

Reaching Sustainable Development Goals in Combating Epidemics

23 – 24 April, 2020, WTC, Moscow

Background

In 2015, 193 UN member states accepted a new global strategy – Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Agenda includes 17 goals. Target 3.3 states: by 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases, and other communicable diseases.

Combating epidemics is one focus of the Russian Federation’s State Policy within the framework of development aid. Russia has taken a leading role in combating epidemics in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, thus helping to achieve SDGs in the region and has been actively involved into implementation of combating epidemics agenda in Africa, Asia-Pacific region and globally.

For more than 10 years, Russia has implemented international and bilateral assistance programmes for polio, measles, influenza, HIV, neglected tropical diseases, Ebola and plaque. It has introduced international medical and sanitary procedures to prevent biological threats globally and to reduce the risks of drug-resistant infections. Current efforts have focused on the strengthening of laboratories in developing countries, scientific research, and training for staff in partnership with intergovernmental organizations such as CIS, ASEAN, BRICS and SCO and through effective collaboration with WHO, UNAIDS, FAO.

2020 marks the end of the first five-year period for implementing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. It is crucial to evaluate the challenges and successes through this period and to set priorities for further actions to achieve SDG goals related to combating infections by 2030.  With this in mind, the Rospotrebnadzor, with support from the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Finance and in collaboration with UNAIDS will organize an international forum in Moscow – Reaching Sustainable Development Goals in Combating Epidemics.

Dates: 23-24 April 2020

Participants: up to 1000 people

Countries: up to 40 countries

Scholarship programme: up to 400 people (including speakers)

Goals and objectives of the Forum

The Forum aims to discuss progress made towards achieving SDG 3, which intends to end specific infectious disease epidemics globally, to highlight interim results and to create recommendations for sustainable approaches to achieving the SDG indicators, related to combating specific infectious disease epidemics.

Objectives:

  • To demonstrate Russia’s role and experience in global health issues related to infectious diseases.
  • To evaluate existing development programmes focused on combating infections as well as to determine best practices in different regions of the world.
  • Through expert discussions and looking at cases to assign roles and responsibilities for achieving SDGs related to specific infectious disease epidemics to countries, international organizations, development institutions, academia, the private sector, civil society and other interested parties.
  • To create a road map for 2030: expectations and strategies for reaching the objectives related to specific infectious disease epidemics.

The Forum will address scientific research and implementation to combat epidemics, taking into account regional and national specifics.

Participants:

Representatives from

– Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being, Ministry of Finance of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, Ministry of  Education and Science of the Russian Federation, Rossotruidnichestvo (Federal Agency for CIS Affairs, Compatriots Living Abroad and International Humanitarian Cooperation), Ministry of Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, Federal Anti-Monopoly Service.

– Heads and representatives of health care services from Eastern Europe and Central Asia, Africa and South-East Asia.

– Representatives of partner-countries on development, OECD member states.

– Heads and experts from intergovernmental and international of organisations and UN agencies, including UNAIDS, WHO, the Global Fund to fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, GAVI (Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisation), Unitaid, The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

– Leading Russian and international scientists and experts in epidemiology, hygiene, virology and development aid within the health care field.

– Civil society organizations engaged in the prevention of infectious diseases.

Forum Programme:

The Forum schedule includes 2 plenaries, 16 concurrent sessions and 10 side events.

Format of Plenaries: presentation/speaker paper

Format of Concurrent sessions:  panel discussion, presentation and discussion

Format of Side events: workshop, satellite event and round table.

The Forum Programme will include speakers invited by the Forum Organising Committee. The Forum Sessions are non-abstract driven.

Associated Events

For Russia 2020 is highlighted by several important political international events. The Russian Federation will report on its contribution to achieving SDGs during the UN General Assembly. In July 2020 Russia will organize BRICS and SCO meetings as a chair.

The Forum will comprise relevant associated events.