Kinga Göncz Appointed to UN Panel on Health Technology Innovation and Access

November 23, 2015

SPP Visiting Professor Kinga Göncz has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to a distinguished panel on health technology innovation and access. The panel, which is co-chaired by Ruth Dreifuss, former president of Switzerland, and Festus Mogae, former president of Botswana, has been tasked "to ensure that everyone can access quality treatment at affordable costs while also incentivizing innovation and the development of new technologies such as vaccines, medicines and diagnostics."

Göncz's work on the panel will be informed by her extensive experience as a psychiatrist, and in government, civil society, and academia. Commenting on the work of the panel, Göncz noted that revolutionary developments and innovations in the field of health technologies, medicines, and vaccines often ignore the needs of marginalized communities. She observed, "Sometimes the poorest don't even have access to basic health care. We have to change this situation as soon as possible within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals."

The UN panel is expected to present its recommendations to the UN Secretary-General in June 2016.

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