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The WHO, Canada and the Way Ahead with Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Edit

November 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Dahdaleh Institute for Global Health Research co-sponsors The WHO, Canada and the Way Ahead with The Empire Club of Canada, Ryerson University School of Occupational and Public Health, Canadian Bankers Association, and Waste Connections of Canada. The event features keynote speaker Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.

The WHO, Canada and the Way Ahead is the second time the Dahdaleh Institute co-presents an event featuring the WHO Director General. In September 2020, Dr. Ghebreyesus spoke at the Global Health Session of The Recovery Summit, chaired by Dahdaleh Institute Director, Dr. James Orbinski.

The WHO, Canada and the Way Ahead

As we approach winter with COVID-19 cases rising in many parts of the world, the importance of coming together in solidarity to overcome this pandemic has never been greater. Dr. Tedros, Director General of the World Health Organization, will talk about the global effort to defeat COVID19, the agency’s long and productive partnership with Canada, and where we need to focus our cooperative efforts in the months ahead if we are to protect and promote the public health of all citizens. The WHO has never been more relevant to Canada – and to all countries worldwide.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Director-General, World Health Organization

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was elected as WHO Director-General for five-year term by WHO Member States at the Seventieth World Health Assembly in May 2017.

He is the first WHO Director-General to have been elected from multiple candidates by the World Health Assembly, and is the first person from the WHO African Region to serve as WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer.
Immediately after taking office on 1 July 2017 Dr Tedros outlined five key priorities for the Organization: universal health coverage; health emergencies; women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; health impacts of climate and environmental change; and a transformed WHO.

Prior to his election as WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2012–2016. In this role he led efforts to negotiate the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, in which 193 countries committed to the financing necessary to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Dr Tedros served as Ethiopia’s Minister of Health from 2005–2012, where he led a comprehensive reform of the country’s health system. All roads lead to universal health coverage for Dr Tedros, and he has demonstrated what it takes to expand access to health care with limited resources.


Watch Dr. Orbinski and Dr. Ghebreyesus at The Recovery Summit.