Workshop on “Global Health and Radiation Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals

On 16 November 2015, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna hosted a Workshop on “Global Health and Radiation Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals”.

The aim of the workshop was to highlight roles that the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can play for the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the area of global health, with its unique technological and scientific expertise. Moderated by Mr. Takehiro Kano, Minister of Permanent Mission of Japan, experts from Japan and the IAEA were invited to present an overview of global health policy and the IAEA’s capacities and potentials in this area.

Professor Kenji Shibuya from the Global Health Department of the University of Tokyo, Japan, gave a keynote presentation commencing with a report of his work in the wake of the Fukushima Daiichi accident. Professor Shibuya then outlined the concept of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in the context of SDGs, with his particular emphasis on global burden of cancer.  Professor Shibuya expressed expectations that the IAEA can make unique contributions in global health.

Two commentators from the IAEA presented the role of the Agency. Dr. May Abdel-Wahab, Director of the Division of Human Health, emphasized the Agency’s expertise in radiation medicine. She explained an estimate of future increases in cancer and cancer related deaths and funding gaps which will require better coordination between stakeholders to eliminate redundancy, innovative financing and e-learning and remote data sharing. Ms. Nelly Enwerem-Bromson, Director of the Division of Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), touched upon resource allocation gap between cancer and other infectious diseases, and explained the contribution that PACT can make to address the challenges.

At the Q &A session, the moderator and the experts discussed as to how the IAEA can raise public awareness on its contributions in global development areas such as health through better public communication, and how the PACT could effectively enhance its activities  through further efforts on resource mobilization and partnerships with other stakeholders.

At the end of the workshop, the participants observed a minute of silence to express condolence to the victims of the terrorist attacks in Paris, France.

Minister Kano concluded the workshop by thanking all participants.


Dr. Shibuya’s Presentation Slide

Department of Global Health Policy Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo

IAEA Division of Human Health

IAEA Division of Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy