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 COVID-19 era

24 – 25 September 2020


*** A note to participants. A link to the zoom conference with be shared with registered attendees in September – during the week leading up to the conference. 

A live web conference on Global Health will take place on September 24-25, 2020, to replace the physical conference that was planned this year in Queen’s University Belfast, and postponed now till Autumn 2021.

The web conference brings together a host of speakers working in global health and will take place over two days for a three-hour period from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm each day, with an additional side event at 5pm on September 24 for young professionals.


Conference speakers are listed below. For full biographies, visit the page at the button above. 

  • Danielle Agnello – Denmark  
  • Eden Baker – Ireland
  • Karl Blanchet – France
  • Anthony Costelloe – UK
  • Renzo Guinto – Philippines 
  • Claire Gilbert – UK
  • Judy Khanyola – Kenya
  • Oanh Khuat – Vietnam
  • Tim Lang – UK
  • Robert Mash – South Africa
  • Charlotte McArdle – Ireland
  • Fran McConville – UK
  • Vanessa Nakate – Uganda
  • Odette Nyiramilim – Rwanda
  • Miriam Orcutt – UK
  • Kim Van Daalen – UK
  • Soorej Jose Puthoopparambil – Sweeden
  • Lesego Tlhwale – South Africa
  • Nick Watts – UK

Download the Conference Poster 

An auspicious date, September 24-25 marks 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 marks World Environmental Health Day.  
The event is being held to reflect the varied activities of all partners working in global health on the island of Ireland. In the first cross-border collaboration of its kind, global health North-South partners are coming together to co-host the conference. Partners include: QUB Centre for Public Health (part of the  School of  Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences), Irish Global Health Network, QUB School of Nursing and Midwifery, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, the Department of Health, the Public Health Agency, the Coalition of Aid and Development Agencies (CADA) in Northern Ireland and more to be confirmed.

In the context of major global health challenges these partners have come together to track progress and examine significant areas of concern.

Thursday – September, 24 – Day One – SDGs Five Years On: The first online session on September 24, will be convened under the theme SDG+5. The morning and afternoon panels will feature 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 will be 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 will take 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 will be 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 will turn their focus to the challenges of broader themes in global health as they relate to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Again, both sessions will feature 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: 1st 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

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