Healthy People on a Healthy Planet: September 24-25, 2020

May 26, 2020

Live Web Conference

Healthy People on a Healthy Planet
Five Years on from the SDGs in the era of COVID-19

24 – 25 September 2020

This conference was successfully hosted on September 24 – 25, 2020 as part of a live web event. More than 350 live attendees joined 18 international speakers over the duration of the two-day conference. 

The web conference brought together a host of 18 international speakers working in global health, with an additional side event at 5pm on September 24 for young professionals.


Download the two-day programme and bio sheet at the button below.  


  • Emilia Aragon de Leon, WHO – Denmark
  • Lorna Gold, Maynooth University – Ireland
  • Fran McConville, WHO – Geneva
  • Nick Watts, University College London, UK
  • Dara McAnulty – Naturalist Campaigner, Ireland
  • Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil – Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Ciaran Mooney, Queens University Belfast, Ireland
  • Renzo Guinto – Harvard School of Public Health, US
  • Judy Khanyola – University of Global Health Equity, Rwanda
  • Claire Gilbert – London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
  • Vanessa Nakate – Climate Activist, Uganda
  • Anthony Costelloe – University College London, UK
  • David Weakliam – Health Service Executive, Ireland
  • Charlotte McArdle – Department of Health, Northern Ireland
  • Tim Lang – City University of London, UK
  • Lesego Tlhwale – Human Rights Activist, South Africa
  • Robert Mash – Stellenbosch University, South Africa
  • Karl Blanchet, University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • Mohammad Haqmal – Senior International Public Health Expert, Afghanistan
  • Miriam Orcutt – University College London, UK
  • Khuat Thi Hai Oanh – Supporting Community Development Initiatives (SCDI), Vietnam
  • Danielle Agnello, WHO – Denmark
  • Chris Jenkins – Queen’s University Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • Shakira Choonara – Public Health, South Africa
  • Kim Van Daalen – Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Cambridge UK
  • Eamonn Faller – Cork University Hospital, Ireland

The planning and delivery of this International Live Web Conference was a partnership between the organisations listed below:



An auspicious date, September 24-25 marked the five-year anniversary of the United Nations summit in which the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was ratified by global leaders and a political declaration was adopted for a decade of action on the Sustainable Development Goals. The following day, September 26 also marked World Environmental Health Day.

In the first cross-border collaboration of its kind, global health North-South partners came together to co-host this International Conference. Partners Include -The Centre for Public Health at QUB, the Irish Global Health Network, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Northern Ireland Department of Health and the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA).

In the context of major global health challenges the Conference tracked progress and examined significant areas of concern.

Thursday – September, 24 – Day One – SDGs Five Years On: The first online session on September 24, was convened under the theme SDG+5. The morning and afternoon panels featured expert  speakers from a range of disciplines and fields including Nursing and Midwifery (in the WHO designated International Year of the Nurse and Midwife), Migration, Environment, Eye Health and Non Communicable Diseases. Topics addressed under these cross-cutting fields were integrated under the overarching theme of the SDGs five years on.

Young Professionals: Side Event, September 24 at 5:00 pm

A young professionals side event took place from 5-7pm on the evening of September 24 to examine the impact of COVID-19 on students and future health professionals. The panel of international speakers was moderated by Dr Chris Jenkins and followed by a careers networking session. 

Download the Side Event poster here.  

Friday – September, 25 – Day Two – COVID-19 Pandemic: Panels on the second day turned their focus to the challenges of broader themes in global health as they relate to the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, both sessions featured speakers with a range of expertise on such areas as the Global Food Supply, Nutrition, Healthcare Response, Migration, Environment and Non Communicable Diseases.

Global Health Photography Competition – Submit Your Entry

What does working in global health look like? What are the realities on the ground? What are the challenges, and what are the impacts?

In partnership with the One World Festival 2020 with the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies in Northern Ireland, Queen’s University Belfast, and the Irish Global Health Network, this competition will provide an opportunity to stimulate debate, encourage awareness, and promote learning about global health.


Global Health Challenge- Submit Your Entry

Have you entered our Global Health Challenge?

Deadline: 31st August 2020

To enter, submit (individually or as a group) a 5-min video pitch of an innovative solution to a global health problem relating to the Sustainable Development Goals.

Winners will receive a Cash Prize, and their pitch will be presented at the September conference!

To enter, email [email protected]

Download the Global Health Challenge Poster

*** A note to participants. A link to the zoom conference with be shared with registered attendees in September – the day before the conference.


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