Dr. Jerome Kim, Director General and Dr. Song Manki, Deputy Director General of Science of the International Vaccine Institute (IVI) joined distinguished global leaders and experts as moderator and speaker at the first World Emerging Security Forum, which took place in Seoul on November 16 and 17, 2021.
The two-day global forum under the theme of ‘Future of Multilateral Cooperation In Response to Emerging Security Threats’ was organized by the Republic Korea’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss global cooperation against new security threats including emerging diseases such as COVID-19, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies and security.
In his opening speech, ROK’s Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong said global coordination is crucial in successful response to new security threats, expressing ROK’s commitment to play a leading role to support global efforts to address the challenges through solidarity and cooperation.
The forum brought together, onsite and virtually, a number of leading global experts and leaders, including Eric Schmidt, former Google CEO and co-founder of Schmidt Futures, Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum, and Toomas Hendrik Ilves, Former President of Estonia at the opening session.
On Day 1, Dr. Kim chaired the Health Security session entitled ‘International Cooperation to Strengthen International Responses to an Emerging Health Security Crisis’ where Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization and Dr. Richard Hatchett CEO of CEPI, delivered prerecorded keynote speeches, followed by a panel discussion by Dr. Jeong Eun Kyeong, Commissioner of the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency, Anuradha Gupta, Deputy CEO of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, and Yanzhong Huang, Senior Fellow for Global Health, the Council on Foreign Relations in the United States.
On Day 2, Dr. Song Manki, Deputy Director General of Science at IVI, joined Dr. Lee Jong-gu, ROK’s Ambassador for Global Health Security and other experts as speaker at the Special Roundtable on Health Security under the theme ‘How Can Global Governance Better Prepare for the Next Pandemic – Implication for International Cooperation against Emerging Security Challenges.’
“In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and other mering threats, the forum provided a timely opportunity to identify obstacles that impede critical international cooperation and to start a discussion about ways to overcome these challenges,” Dr. Kim said. “As the world’s only international organization devoted exclusively to the development and delivery of vaccines for global health, IVI is privileged to join in this important discussion and to contribute to the efforts to find solutions to emerging security threats.”
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About the International Vaccine Institute (IVI)
The International Vaccine Institute (IVI) is a nonprofit inter-governmental organization established in 1997 at the initiative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). IVI has 36 countries and the World Health Organization (WHO) on its treaty, including the Republic of Korea, Sweden, India, and Finland as state funders.
Our mandate is to make vaccines available and accessible for the world’s most vulnerable people. We focus on infectious diseases of global health importance such as cholera, typhoid, shigella, salmonella, schistosomiasis, chikungunya, group A strep, Hepatitis A, HPV, TB, HIV, MERS, COVID-19, as well as antimicrobial resistance. For more information, please visit https://www.ivi.int.
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