The Global Vaccine Summit:

Celebrating Progress, Saving Lives

Abu Dhabi 2013



Wednesday, April 24

  1. 6:30-7:30pm
    ​​Registration and Refreshments
  2. 7:30-8:30pm
    ​​Opening Event: A Global Immunization Celebration

    An interactive program highlighting recent immunization and global health successes, and honoring the individuals, communities and partners who have made them possible. We will celebrate how far we have come, and prepare to spend the following day focused on the challenges left to resolve.

    • Emcee: Archie Panjabi, Actress and Rotary Polio Advocate
    • Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi, Minister of International Cooperation and Development, UAE
    • Bill Gates, Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • Ade Adepitan, British Paralympic Champion and Broadcaster
    • Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra, Revolutionary Optimists
  3. 8:30-10:00pm
    ​​Welcome Reception

Thursday, April 25

  1. 8:30-9:30am
    ​​Breakfast Available
    • Emcee: Archie Panjabi
  2. 9:30-9:45am​​
    Day Two Opening Remarks

    Welcome statements on behalf of the co-hosts.

    • Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al-Nahayan, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, UAE
    • Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations (Video Remarks)
    • Bill Gates
  3. 9:45-10:45am​​
    Reaching Every Child: An Immunization Call to Action

    A look at how the full global community is committed to ensuring children everywhere have access to vaccines. We will discuss how countries, communities, companies and others can partner to build strong, sustainable immunization programs – with polio eradication as a key milestone and our frontline workers as our most critical heroes – making child health a long-standing, impactful priority.

    • Moderator: Mayssoun Azzam, News Presenter & Journalist
    • Anthony Lake, Executive Director, UNICEF
    • Muhammad Saad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto, Nigeria
    • Cyrus Poonawalla, Chairman and Managing Director, Serum Institute of India
    • Sania Nishtar, Federal Minister for Education and Training, Science and Technology and Information Technology, Pakistan
    • Bekele Geleta, Secretary General, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
    • Sheikh Abdallah bin Bayyah, King Abdul Aziz University, Saudi Arabia
  4. 10:45-11:00am​​
  5. 11:00am-12:40pm​​
    The First Step: The Roadmap to Global Polio Eradication

    A conversation dedicated to polio and the Global Polio Eradication Initiative’s innovative new strategic plan. Together we will reinforce global support for eradication as a critical milestone in the Decade of Vaccines that strengthens long-term routine immunization, and announce new commitments to the effort.

    • Moderator: Mishal Husain, News Presenter & Journalist
    • Hamid Jafari, Director, Polio Operations and Research, World Health Organization
    • Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada
    • Suraya Dalil, Minister of Health, Afghanistan
    • Hans-Jürgen Beerfeltz, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
    • Ahmad Mohamed Ali Al-Madani, President, Islamic Development Bank Group
    • Shahnaz Wazir Ali, Coordinator Social Sector/Focal Person on Polio Eradication, President’s Secretariat, Pakistan
    • Alan Duncan, Minister of State for International Development, UK
    • Deepak Kapur, National PolioPlus Chair India, Rotary International
    • Sheikha Lubna bint Khalid Al Qasimi
    • Muhammad Pate, Minister of State for Health, Nigeria
    • Bill Gates
  6. 12:40-12:45pm​​
    Keynote Remarks: José Manuel Barroso, President of the European Commission
  7. 12:45-1:45pm​​
    Lunch and Conversation
  8. 1:45pm-2:00pm​​
    Video Statement: Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town
    Afternoon Opening Keynote: Kofi Annan, Former Secretary-General of the United Nations and Nobel Prize Laureate
  9. 2:00-3:00pm​​
    Sustaining Our Gains: Strengthening Routine Immunization

    A closer look at the links between polio eradication and stronger long-term routine immunization systems that emphasizes the need for all children to have sustainable access to critical vaccines. We will explore specific challenges and best practices, with a particular focus on the hardest-to-reach children.

    • Moderator: Mayssoun Azzam
    • Margaret Chan, Director General, World Health Organization
    • Hanny-Sherry Ayittey, Minister of Health, Ghana
    • Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, European Commission
    • José Vieira Dias Van-Dúnem, Minister of Health, Angola
    • Zulfiqar A Bhutta, Founding Director – Center of Excellence in Women and Child Health, The Aga Khan University, Pakistan
    • Li Xiaolin, President, Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries
  10. 3:00-4:00pm​
    Looking to the Future: New Vaccines and Delivery Innovations

    A discussion on innovation, and how the global community can build on successes like polio eradication and strong routine immunization through R&D, new vaccine introduction and novel approaches to delivery. We’ll take a particular look at tools and methods developed in emerging economies and developing countries.

    • Moderator: Mishal Husain
    • Seth Berkley, CEO, GAVI Alliance
    • Tore Godal, Special Adviser to the Prime Minister on Global Health, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
    • Leah Hasselback, Mozambique Country Director, VillageReach
    • Michael Watson, Vice President, Global Vaccination Policy, Sanofi
    • Majed Bahatheq, General Manager, Arabio
    • Aysha Al Dhaheri, Deputy Commander, Zayed Military Hospital, UAE
  11. 4:00-4:15pm​​
  12. 4:15-5:00pm
    New Commitments and Closing Thoughts: Empowering Communities through Partnership

    ​An opportunity for partners to reflect on the Summit conversation, and to share our commitment to bring the promise of immunization to children everywhere.

    • Moderator: Archie Panjabi
    • Toshiko Abe, Parliamentary Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs, Japan
    • Joe Costello, Minister for Trade and Development, Ireland
    • Mahima Datla, Managing Director, Biological E
    • Khaled Juffali, President, Khaled Juffali Company; Vice Chairman & Managing Partner, E.A. Juffali & Brothers Company
    • Jan Bouke Wijbrandi, Executive Director, Dutch Committee for UNICEF – Representing UNICEF National Committees
  13. 5:00-5:15pm​​
    Closing Remarks: Ade Adepitan