MEDIA ADVISORY: Virtual Meridian Summit on Global Health Diplomacy this Friday October 23

WHEN: 8:30 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. ET | Friday, October 23, 2020

WHERE: Virtual— see details here.


Oct. 19, 2020

Just as commerce and conflict do not know boundaries or borders, this pandemic has been a challenge to every nation – and it requires leaders working together through diplomatic channels and public-private partnerships to build public trust and drive the solutions needed for an equitable global recovery.

“While we could not have imagined what 2020 would bring, we selected the global health diplomacy theme for this year’s Meridian Summit back in December 2019,” Ambassador Stuart Holliday, President and CEO of Meridian International Center, shares. “Traditionally, public health is on the margins of international conversations, but COVID-19 has transformed it into a central factor in nearly all global decisions.”

The 9th annual Meridian Summit on The Rise of Global Health Diplomacy this Friday, October 23, offers an interactive half-day digital experience with a choose-your-own content path, networking opportunities, solutions sessions and keynotes from leaders like U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, OECD Deputy Secretary-General, WHO Assistant Director-General, David Rubenstein, The First Lady of Rwanda, Canadian Ambassador Kirsten Hillman, Congresswoman Chrissy Houlahan, Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick, Cleveland Clinic CEO and many more.

For the last 60 years, Meridian has been a platform for leaders in diplomacy, government, business and civil society to come together to collaborate on solutions to our world’s greatest challenges. The Meridian Summit will harness virtual technology to extend its reach beyond Washington, D.C., for the first time, allowing leaders and changemakers around the world to participate as catalysts for the problem-solving required for greater global health diplomacy and international cooperation.

“The traditional diplomatic principles of trust, relationship building and engagement, coupled with innovation in technology and science, will undoubtedly shape how we recover from the largest economic and health crisis of our lifetime. In the fight to save lives and build a more equitable economic recovery, global collaboration is not just the right strategy – it’s the only strategy,” Ambassador Holliday emphasizes.

The Meridian Summit is open press, on the record. Interviews with speakers can be arranged on request by emailing Megan Devlin, Director of Communications.

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