JCIE Webinar | Global Health Diplomacy, Seen from the Perspective of Dr. Satoshi Ezoe

July 30, 2020
JCIE invited Dr. Satoshi Ezoe, the former Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York, to be the featured speaker at a webinar on the landscape of the UN global health diplomacy. Dr. Ezoe was in charge of global health issues at the mission and played major roles in the UN High-Level Meetings (UNHLM) on Tuberculosis (2018) and the UNHLM on Universal Health Coverage (2019), both of which are important themes in Japan’s global health diplomacy. 
Dr. Ezoe shared his experiences and insights about the negotiation process and how the major issues were discussed and how agreements were reached. He noted Japan’s role in these high-level discussions and also highlighted the importance of civil society throughout the process. The presentation was followed by an engaging Q&A session, with over 250 participants from a broad range of backgrounds including international organizations such as UN agencies, governments, civil society and nonprofit organizations, the private sector, and academia.
JCIE hosted this event with support from the United Nations Forum. The full webinar report is available in Japanese here. Please note that the opinions expressed in the webinar by Dr. Ezoe are solely his own and do not represent the views or opinions of his former organization.

SATOSHI EZOE is the director of the Global Health Policy Division at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). Prior to this, he was in charge of global health as the Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations in New York. He started his career at the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) of Japan in 2002 and since has worked on various issues as Medical Officer as well as Global Health Coordinator. In 2009–2012, he was seconded to the UNAIDS. Dr. Ezoe holds a PhD in Public Health from Juntendo University, an MD from National Saga Medical School, and an MPA/MPH in Global Health from Harvard Kennedy School.