Official photo of Dr Matshidiso Moeti / Photo credit: WHO Africa
WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti will be a keynote speaker at 10GA
Dr Matshidiso Moeti will address delegates on the challenge posed by the critical shortage of health workers (Symposium 1: Leading change for health in Africa).
Dr. Moeti stated, “WHO recognizes the enormous importance of the prevention of avoidable visual impairment including blindness as well as the crucial role of international partnerships and alliances in developing and strengthening effective public health responses for the prevention of avoidable blindness, and the increase of disability rehabilitation”.
Dr Matshidiso Moeti from Botswana is the first woman WHO Regional Director for Africa. A public health veteran, with more than 35 years of national and international experience, she joined WHO’s Africa Regional Office in 1999 and has served as Deputy Regional Director, Assistant Regional Director, Director of Noncommunicable Diseases, WHO Representative for Malawi, and Coordinator of the Inter-Country Support Team for the South and East African countries. Writing on the need to focus on eliminating NTDs, she has said: “…a physician myself, I know that daily sickness and pain is also a reality for a billion people around the world who are affected by neglected tropical diseases (NTDs).”
At the height of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, she led the WHO Regional Office for Africa’s efforts on treatment scale-up in the context of the ‘3 by 5’ initiative and established a regional HIV laboratory network resulting in a significant increase in the number of HIV-positive individuals accessing antiretroviral therapy in the Region. She also successfully spearheaded the development of WHO Regional Strategies for public health priority areas, including communicable and non-communicable diseases, immunization, maternal and child health, and the health systems strengthening.
Prior to joining WHO, she worked with UNAIDS as a Team Leader of the Africa and Middle East Desk in Geneva (1997-1999); with UNICEF as a Regional Health Advisor for East and Southern Africa; and with Botswana’s Ministry of Health as a Clinician and Public Health Specialist.
David Donoghue, the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations, will be speaking at the 10GA
Ambassador Donoghue is the Permanent Representative of Ireland to the United Nations (since September 2013), and Co-Facilitator, with the Permanent Representative of Kenya, of the negotiations on the post 2015 development agenda.
From 2009-2013, Mr. Donoghue was the Political Director of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in Dublin. Earlier, from 2006 to 2009 he was Ireland’s Ambassador to Germany and from 2004 to 2006, he was Ambassador to Austria and the Vienna-based United Nations agencies
Mr. Donoghue was appointed Ambassador to the Russian Federation, with side accreditations to Belarus, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, from 1999 to 2001. In 2001, he was Director-General of the Irish Government’s development cooperation programme, known as Irish Aid.
Mr. Donoghue has been posted to the Irish Embassies in the Holy See (1977-1978) and Germany (1978-1983), as well as the Irish Permanent Mission to the United Nations (1987-1988). He was seconded to the French and Italian Foreign Ministries (1984-1985) as part of a support service for what is today the European Union’s Common Foreign and Security Policy.
Upon entering Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs in 1975, Mr. Donoghue spent time working at the Irish Embassy in London and as head of the Anglo-Irish Secretariat in Belfast. He spent a combined total of 17 years working on the Northern Ireland problem and Anglo-Irish relations. He was closely involved in the negotiation of both the Anglo-Irish Agreement and the Good Friday Agreement.
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Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf / Photo credit: Chatham House
The President of Liberia, Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has agreed to be the Keynote speaker at 10GA.
Ellen Sirleaf has been the President of Liberia since 2006 and is Africa’s first democratically elected female Head of State. She was jointly awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.
Together with L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI) she has also launched an initiative for to provide comprehensive eye care services to Liberians, through the John F Kennedy Memorial Medical Centre, Liberia.
President Johnson Sirleaf served as Chairperson of the Mano River Union. She has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and several financial institutions.
The President is also Goodwill Ambassador for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in Africa.
Her entry into politics began in 1972 when she delivered her famous commencement address at graduation convocation of her alma mater (College of West Africa). In 1975 she joined the then Treasury Department in Liberia, rising to the position of Minister of Finance in 1979 where she introduced measures to curb the mismanagement of government finances.
She was a founding member of the International Institute for Women in Political Leadership; was designated in 1999 by the Organization of African Unity (OAU) (now African Union) to serve on the committee to investigate the Rwanda genocide; was a Commission Chair for the Inter-Congolese Dialogue; and was selected by UNIFEM as one of two persons to investigate and report on the effect of conflict on women and women’s roles in peace-building.