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GHSN Webinars

The Global Health Security Network will be hosting regular webinars throughout the year covering all global health topics. 

As a member we want to hear from you on the topics you are most interested in and who you would like to hear from at the fortnightly webinars.

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The path forward for WHO:  With or without US?   

23 June 2020 9AM AEST

The planned withdrawal of the United States from World Health Organization membership, announced by the Trump Administration in June 2020, has created much uncertainty at a time of intense global efforts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

This webinar will focus on the immediate impacts of this decision on the capacities of WHO and the US to navigate through the pandemic.  If the US eventually withdraws from the UN specialized agency, critical questions about the long-term future of WHO as the “directing and coordinating body” for international health cooperation will need to be addressed.  How prepared the world is for the next pandemic will depend on how longstanding concerns about global health governance are resolved.

Introducing our Keynote Speaker


Professor Kelley Lee

Kelley Lee is Professor and Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Health Governance in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Canada. 

During her 22-years at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, she contributed to two major studies of WHO reform, co-established the WHO Collaborating Centre on Global Change and Health, and chaired the WHO expert group on globalization, trade and health. 

She has participated in post SARS and Ebola assessments of global outbreak response. 

She has published 200+ papers and 15 books including The World Health Organization (2009), an Historical Dictionary of the World Health Organization (2012), and Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics (2020). 

She is currently leading a new project analysing the use of cross-border measures during COVID-19 and the implications for compliance with the International Health Regulations.

Missed our first webinar? Click the button below to watch the replay!



Global Health Ethics Beyond the Rhetoric of Solidarity

1 July 2020 9PM AEST  

The COVID-19 pandemic has raised many complex ethical issues ranging from clinical decisions making and ethics of the social structural inequalities causing disease and deaths in vulnerable populations to the basis and form of global cooperation. 

This webinar will focus on how ethics becomes more important, no less, during emergencies.  A/Prof Sridhar Venkatapuram will discuss how different ethical values are at play in the national pandemic responses, as well as why ethical values have to be made explicit in order to make pandemic recovery plans equitable and durable.

Introducing our Keynote Speaker


Associate Professor Sridhar Venkatapuram

Sridhar Venkatapuram is an academic-practitioner of global health ethics and justice. He is an Associate Professor at King’s College London, and Director of Global Health Education and Training at the King’s Global Health Institute.

He brings together the natural and social sciences related to health with philosophy, particularly political philosophy, to address issues related health rights, equity and good governance for health at the local, national, and global levels. His inter-disciplinary training includes international relations (Brown), history (SOAS) global public health (Harvard), sociology, and political philosophy (Cambridge).

He has worked with organizations including Human Rights Watch, Doctors of the World, the Population Council, Open Societies Institute, Wellcome Trust, Health Foundation, UK Parliament of Science & Technology, and recently, the World Health Organization (HQ).  He is a member of the Independent Panel on Global Governance for Health, a trustee of Medact, and a fellow of the Salzburg Global Seminar, Human Development & Capabilities Association, the RSA, and UK Faculty of Public Health among others. His PhD was an argument for every human being’s moral right to health, examined and passed without corrections by Nobel Laureate Amartya Sen. It was the basis of his first book titled Health Justice: An Argument from the Capability Approach (Polity Press).  He is Co-Editor of Vulnerable: The Law, Policy & Ethics of COVID-19 (Univ. of Ottawa Press). He tweets at @sridhartweet.

Future Webinar dates will be announced very soon!

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