Good morning everybody good morning 902 or 903 so I think we better get started we only have an hour and a half for this what I expect will be a very exciting panel discussion and series of presentations on the issue of global health security my name is Wolfgang Ishita I’m not a medical doctor I come from the field.
Of international security and diplomacy but the organization that I.
Chair the Munich Security Conference has discovered a few years ago that global health.
Security deserves to be on our agenda just as much as climate security or energy security or for that matter military security of course need to be part of our agenda so this is not the first time that I’ve been invited to participate in in this important event here in Berlin I’m very happy to be here and I’ll introduce what I think is a really impressive panel in in just a minute.
But let me by way of introduction just share a.
Thought or two we’ve we’ve just been chatting about this and I think one of the one of the phenomena which link global health security to.
Other aspects of modern secure think of cyber security is that a classic border you know here is your ends Germany and there starts Switzerland and there is a fence or at least a visible border in between that is less and less a reality in health security maybe more than in most other areas borders don’t play much of a role health or the lack of it transcend borders very easily as we have discovered the hard way through the epidemics and pandemics that.
I like to say that with security and maybe in particular with health it’s a little bit like air you take it for granted you breathe it and only when there is no more air to breathe do you notice it and.
Then you start a panic and fear breaks out international security has tended to regard health security for a long time as one of the quote unquote soft topics soft topics that was generally guarded as sort of secondary topics no more I think health security deserves to be on the agenda right next and not behind not after some of the other elements of international security an epidemic pandemic could easily kill more people than.
Any conflict for example in the year 2016 according to my data less than 100,000 people it’s a large number less but fewer than 100,000 people died in wars from classic shooting conflicts a pandemic could easily kill a multiple.
Of that so that gives us a sense of the dimensions that we are looking at and of course health security is about more than just preventing pandemics we’ve seen in recent conflicts especially in the Middle East that destroying healthcare facilities has become a an unfortunate a regrettable despicable practice a tactic in the conduct of a war of conflict half of the world’s population lacks basic health care which severely limits life expectancy and of course stuns economic growth and.
Stability stability so how can we make sure that health security receives the political attention it deserves not only here this country but throughout the Western world and globally and how can can we make it into an even greater priority and finally how can technological innovations and public-private partnerships for example help to advance the global health agenda so.