Global health cooperation across national borders “valuable and necessary” says Norway’s PM

Global health cooperation across national borders
Global health cooperation across national borders "valuable and necessary" says Norway's PM. Image: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/

On Friday, October 14, former and current international top managers gathered in Oslo to talk about future global health cooperation across national borders which was described as a “valuable and necessary dialogue,” according to Norway’s Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

Climate crisis, energy crisis, the war in Ukraine and the coronavirus pandemic were part of the backdrop when Norway’s PM, the country’s Ministry of Health and Care together with the University of Oslo were all invited to a symposium on global health on October 14.

“No country is alone in the consequences of the challenges we face. It is also together that we find the best solutions. Then it is necessary to talk together and share knowledge, as we have done today,” said Prime Minister Jonas Gahr Støre.

He added: “There is a need for new thinking and innovative solutions, adapted to the scarcity of resources we are facing. We must strengthen future preparedness through effective measures.

“This must be done, among other things, through binding global cooperation, effective global financing mechanisms, strengthened systems and universal health coverage.”

Minister of Health and Care Ingvild Kjerkol, who also participated in the symposium, said: “The corona pandemic has given us experiences that we must learn from in order to be better equipped to face the next pandemic.

That has been among the topics today.”

In her speech, she was clear that international cooperation is both necessary, important and correct in light of Norway’s experiences.

“We want to be part of the EU’s health work, and want to be associated on as equal terms as EU member states as possible,” she said.

“We are also actively participating in the ongoing negotiations at the WHO on strengthened global health preparedness.”

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