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Global Pandemic Response, Public Health and Sustainability

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Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization, speaks about the global response to the pandemic.

The Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series brings together world-leading speakers to consider the pressing issues of our generation.

The Bennett Institute for Public Policy was pleased to support this Lecture organised by the Vice-Chancellor’s Office, University of Cambridge.

Leading experts met for the latest in the series of the Vice-Chancellor’s Lectures on Globalisation, Sustainability and the Power of Ideas.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, delivered this edition of the lecture series.

About Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected WHO Director-General for a five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017. In doing so, he was the first WHO Director-General elected from among multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and was the first person from the WHO African Region to head the world’s leading public health agency. Born in the Eritrean city of Asmara, Dr Tedros graduated from the University of Asmara with a Bachelor of Biology, before earning a Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology of Infectious Diseases from the University of London, a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in Community Health from the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Fellowship from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

About the Vice-Chancellor’s Lecture Series

Since 2019, the University of Cambridge has hosted a lecture series on Globalisation, Sustainability and the Power of Ideas. Its aim is to bring together international students, researchers and the wider community to consider emerging international policy, law and scientific trends and innovative solutions related to sustainability and globalisation, and to debate how such ideas emerge, are shared, and can change the world.

The lecture series is driven by the urgency to inspire and innovate the world’s best and brightest minds – current and future generations of leaders, teachers and researchers – to help find ways to support globalisation that is open, inclusive and sustainable. Speakers will address such questions as: What are the key challenges of globalisation for sustainability? What are the most innovative and exciting new ideas, tools and strategies in the global public interest? What is needed, for global public health in the context of pandemic preparedness, response and recovery, in today’s changing society, market and environment? How to build educational opportunities, research, practice and careers that make a contribution?

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