Health Ministers, senior government officials, global health leaders and advocates will join the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt. Hon Patricia Scotland KC, for the 36th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (36CHMM). The meeting will be held on 24 and 25 May 2024 in Geneva, Switzerland, on the margins of the 77th World Health Assembly.

Hosted by the Government of Kiribati, the 36CHMM will be convened under the theme: "Actionable Solutions to Building Resilience in Healthcare Systems within the Commonwealth, with an Emphasis on Small and Vulnerable States". The two-day meeting will examine:

  • Practical solutions needed to strengthen the resilience of healthcare systems across the Commonwealth;
  • Interventions that will enable all countries, particularly fragile, small and vulnerable states, to effectively prevent, detect, respond to and recover from public health crises and other shocks;
  • The climate and health nexus as well as opportunities to build integrated and resilient health systems;
  • Avenues to bolster the capabilities of the health and social care workforce for more resilient health systems.

The meeting will also consider how we address the shortage of skilled healthcare workers to ensure the appropriate level of care for Commonwealth citizens.

The participants will also consider how to protect people's health from the effects of climate change, like extreme weather, and how to achieve the UN's health targets, including ensuring everyone has access to an appropriate level of healthcare.



35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting, 2023

Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting 2023

At the 35th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in 2023, ministers acknowledged the grave and existential threat of climate change to the least developed countries and Small Island Development States (SIDS) in the Commonwealth.

The Ministerial Statement agreed at the last meeting underscored the need for an integrated agenda to align evidence-based, innovative and sustainable solutions that can assist in minimising the negative impacts of climate change on health.

Side event – The Digital Frontier

26 May 2024, 14:00 - 15:30 (CEST)

The Commonwealth Secretariat and the World Health Organisation will host a side event focused on advancing digital health maturity in the margins of the 36th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM), as part of the broader Global Initiative on Digital Health (GIDH). 

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Ministerial commitments

This year’s meeting will reach a consensus on Commonwealth ministerial commitments for action on health, accelerate action and build momentum following recent United Nations High-Level Political Declarations on Universal Health Coverage, Pandemic Prevention Preparedness and Response and the COP28 Declaration on Climate and Health.

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Agenda and location

The following key events will be held during this period:

Senior Officials Meeting

  •  Friday, 24 May 2024

Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting

  •  Saturday, 25 May 2024

All meetings will be held in-person at the conference facilities of the Hilton Geneva Hotel and Conference Centre. Located at:

Route François-Peyrot 34
Le Grand-Saconnex

Media accreditation

Accredited journalists are invited to apply for media accreditation to attend the opening session of the 36CHMM on 25 May 2024 and the side event on 26 May 2024.

The other sessions of the meeting are closed to media. For accreditation questions please contact: [email protected]

Submit an accreditation form