Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting side event – ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ Intergenerational Dialogue

Event date: 23 May 2023, 8:00 - 9:45

‘No Health Without Mental Health’ Intergenerational Dialogue

The Commonwealth Secretariat and the Commonwealth Youth Health Network (CYHN) are holding a side event focused on mental health in the wings of the Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM) and the 76th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

The event will be held under the theme ‘No Health Without Mental Health: An Intergenerational Dialogue between Commonwealth youth leaders and policy makers” and will see young leaders hold a discussion with policymakers on national and regional interventions that can improve mental health services in the Commonwealth.

The event, to be attended by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland KC, will also see the presentation of a report on “Youth Mental Health Services in the Commonwealth”, as well as other youth-led initiatives to improve the Commonwealth’s burden of mental health among young people.

It will follow CHMM, to be held on 20 May 2023, where Health Ministers from across the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Secretary-General and other delegates, will meet to discuss pressing health priorities and challenges facing the Commonwealth, including the acceleration of Universal Health Care commitments across the 56 member states.

The side event is a collaboration between the Government of Bangladesh, the Government of Rwanda, and the Commonwealth Youth Health Network. The Commonwealth Secretary-General will speak at the event.

Ministers to attend include:

  • Hon Dr Yvan Butera, Minister of State, Ministry of Health, Government of Rwanda
  • Hon Zahid Maleque, Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Bangladesh
  • Hon Valasi Luapitofanua Toogamaga Tafito Selesele, Minister of Health, Government of Samoa
  • Hon Dr Christopher Tufton Minister of Health and Wellness, Government of Jamaica

The event will be moderated by Lucy Fagan, Chair of the Commonwealth Youth Health Network and will feature youth representatives from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, Europe and the Caribbean.

Date and Venue

The event will be held on the 23 May 2023, 8:00am to 9:45am CET.

Venue: Rue du Pré-de-la-Bichette 1, 1202 Genève, Switzerland

Media Accreditation

Bonafide journalists from legitimate media organisations are invited to apply for media accreditation to attend CHMM and/ or the ‘No Health Without Mental Health’ Intergenerational Dialogue event.

CHMM itself is closed to media, but accredited journalists can attend the opening session to hear the Minister’s opening remarks and to take photos.

The side event is open to accredited journalists.

Those interested in accreditation for either CHMM, the side event, or both are asked to fill out and submit the form below.

As spaces are limited, only successful media will be permitted to attend.

For accreditation questions please contact our media team

For general enquiries please contact our CHMM team