Session 1: Singapore’s Role in Global Health and Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals in Health
(Integrated with the Singapore Ministerial Conference on Diabetes)
In conjunction with Singapore’s 2018 Chairmanship of ASEAN in 2018 and the Ministerial Meeting on Diabetes, this session will discuss best practices and lessons learnt from the Singapore experience and how Singapore can best help other countries achieve their own SDG targets and objectives. Given its past history and most recent success in reaching the top ranking for the health-related SDG (SDG3), Singapore has much to contribute in various areas of health, including communicable and non-communicable diseases and environmental health. At the same time, as a small island nation, it faces its own constraints and challenges. The panel will discuss how to frame an appropriate paradigm for Singapore to adopt when taking a leadership role in global health, and how can it build on its strengths as well as that of its neighbours? How is progress in achieving SDG3 being tracked? Should Singapore establish an agency for international development assistance? Is there a role for regional bodies such as ASEAN and ESCAP? What is the role of the World Health Organization (WHO) and other UN organizations?
Moderator: Dr Richard Horton
Prof John Eu-Li Wong
Address by Guest of Honour
Opening Keynote Address
Ms Helen Clark
Keynote Lecture 2
Dr Sania Nishtar
Session 2: Responsible Business for Sustainable Development
From pharmaceuticals to food and to agricultural products, from multinational corporations to indigenous enterprises to impact investment, the private sector has an important role to play together with the public sector and civil society in achieving the SDGs, and ensuring that ‘no one is left behind’. Following on the Responsible Business Forum Global Initiatives event in 2017 and the work of the Business and Sustainable Development Commission, this panel will address how sustainable development that goes beyond ‘corporate social responsibility’ can generate enormous opportunity—if business can understand economic, social, and environmental challenges as future value drivers which can help promote healthy and sustainable living especially for populations living in developing countries.
Moderator: Prof Mari Pangestu
Session 3: The Future of Humankind-What it means to be Human
A recent advertisement declared ‘We see a future where everything is digital’. This panel will address contemporary scientific, technological, social and philosophical issues affecting the future of human well-being and security (HWS). This includes the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution in areas such as cyber security, fintech, artificial intelligence, big data analytics, and robotics. The panel will also address threats linked to climate change and epidemics of infectious diseases, and ways to deal with such threats. On the question of ‘what it means to be human’, panellists will also address more insidious threats to HWS such as the repercussions of the narcissistic ‘selfie’ culture on social and emotional capital, and the role of spiritual well-being and mindfulness in mitigating the potential ill effects of some of these trends.
Moderator: Prof Danny Quah
Session 4: Global Grand Challenges: Healthy Longevity
Today, 617 million people (8.5% of the world’s population) are aged 65 and over. By 2050, this is projected to more than double, reaching 1.6 billion. The number of “oldest old” – people aged 80 and older – is expected to more than triple between 2015 and 2050. If this current pace persists, population aging will impose a significant future strain on economies, health systems, and social structures worldwide, especially in the Asia Pacific. However, new medicines, treatments, technologies, and preventive and social strategies may help transform the way we age and ensure better health, function, and productivity throughout an extended lifespan. At the health system level, to catalyse change and foster strong partnerships for shared governance, Asia’s health systems need to navigate towards a system of care that value people-centeredness at its core and are resilient enough to sustain shocks while ensuring continuity of care for an older population with multiple comorbidities. Ultimately, the whole-of-society approach will contribute towards the attainment of an equitable health system for all. The panel will discuss the role of the National Academy of Medicine’s Grand Challenges initiative in supporting the development of key breakthroughs to ensure healthy longevity.
Session 5: Final Roundtable Discussion: Towards Resilient and Empowered Societies
By bringing together their moderators, the final roundtable will showcase the key messages and conclusions from the four previous thematic sessions. The session will also invite direct audience participation and will ask them to vote on what they believe are the major priorities and challenges for action to ensure resilient, empowered and equitable societies as the foundation for HWS.
Moderator: Ambassador Chan Heng Chee
End of Conference