COVID-19 : Geneva At The Forefront Of The Epidemic Response


Monday, November 16th 14:00 - 15:00 (Swiss time)


Geneva is recognized as the international health and humanitarian capital. Geneva is naturally at the heart of the response to the Covid 19 pandemic. This mobilization concerns the diplomatic, scientific and operational sectors.

With an ecosystem that associates 38 international organizations (IOs), 420 NGOs, numerous academic institutions and the private sector, Geneva is a laboratory for collaborations and solutions.

The health crisis has shown how essential multilateralism, cooperation and exchange of information are to meet the challenges of the 21st century. It is more than ever necessary to move away from segmented approaches and to foster transdisciplinary dynamics. Health, which has been put back at the heart of our concerns, can no longer appear as an isolated sector. From this perspective, the SDGs offer themselves as an innovative framework.


Sana De Courcelles

Attachee Sante, Permanent Mission of France to the UN in Geneva

Antoine Flahault

Director of Institute of Global Health


Christine Choirat

Chief Health Data Scientist, Swiss Data Science Center EPFL

Manuela Cirilli

Leader Medical Applications in Knowledge Transfer Group, CERN

Philippe Duneton

Executive Director UNITAID

Emma Hannay

Director of Access & Lead, ACT-A Diagnostics Pillar at FIND

Françoise Vanni

Director External Relations and Communications, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria