2020 Program Book

Forum information


Achieving SDGs in the Post-COVID-19 Era: Innovation, Inclusion and Partnership


Day 1 October 23, 2020 8:00 - 17:00

Day 2 October 24, 2020 8:00 - 17:00

Physical Venue

Howard Civil Service International House




Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)


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Prof. Nai-Wei Lo

Associate Dean & Chairman of Information Management Department, School of Management, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Prof. Hung -Yi Chiou

Distinguished Investigator and Director , Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, R.O.C. (Taiwan )

Ying-Wei Wang, M.D., Dr. P.H

Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C.(Taiwan) Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Tzu Chi University, R.O.C.(Taiwan)

Chih - Cheng Hsu, M.D., Dr. P.H

Investigator and Deputy Director , Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes R . O . C . ( T a i w a n )

Prof. Tung -liang Chiang

Professor, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University , R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Prof. Steve, H. S. Kuo

President, National Yang-Ming University, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Hui-Jiuan Chien

Director General, Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Ling-Fong Lee

Deputy Director General, Social and Family Affairs Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfares, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Hui -Ting Huang MD.

President of Taiwan Society of Health Promoting Hospitals and Taiwan’s Network of Health Promoting Hospitals and Health Services , R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Huey-Jen Jenny Su

President National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Jing -Long Huang

Attending Physician New Taipei Municipal TuChen g Hospita , R.O.C. (Taiwan) Professor Chang Gung University , R.O.C. (Taiwan)


Michael Schmitz

Director of the Life Sciences Innovation Forum Secretariat, APEC

Rebecca Renzhi Zhang, FSA, FCIA

Head of Regional Partnerships, SCOR Reinsurance Company (Asia) Ltd

Joanna Hsu

SHADOWORKS CO., LTD./ SurrealEdu.BD&PD Manager College pf Creative Media, KSU / Curator/ Special Assistant College of Creative Media, KSU I Holographic Lab Researcher Graduate School of VCD, KSU/ Master of Design ICID, NCKU I Research Assistant

Yu-Ting Chang

Researcher, Taiwan Information Security Center at NTUST R.O.C.(Taiwan)

Hidenobu SUMIOKA

Group leader, Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories, Deep interaction Group, Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute

Akihiro Nakao

CTO, Board of Director ,Telenoid Healthcare Company

Chao A. Hsiung, Ph.D.

Distinguished Investigator Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, R.O.C.(Taiwan)

Fong-Chin Su, PhD

Executive Vice President Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering National Cheng Kung University R.O.C.(Taiwan) Immediate Past Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Co-Editor-in-Chief, Biomedical Engineering OnLine Co-Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering

Liang-Kung Chen

Director, Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Taipei Veterans General Hospital, R.O.C.(Taiwan)

Prof. Hidenori Arai

President of the National Center for Geriatrics and Gerontology, Japan

Jean-Pierre Michel, M.D.

Honorary Professor of Medicine, Medical University of Geneva, Switzerland

Ren-Hao Pan

Founder, WaCare Telehealth (La Vida Tec Co. Ltd.), Taichung City, R.O.C.(Taiwan) Assistant Professor, Department of Information Management, Tunghai University, and Institute of Hospital and Health Care Administration, National Yang-Ming University, R.O.C.(Taiwan)

Duncan Ronald Forsyth

Consultant Geriatrician Addenbrooke’S Hospital Cambridge University Hospitals Nhs Foundation Trust Adjunct Professor School of Healthcare and Medical Sciences, Sunway University, Malaysia.

Leon Flicker

Professor of Geriatric Medicine, University of Western Australia Director Western Australian Centre for Health & Ageing Consultant Geriatrician Royal Perth Hospital

Katsuya Iijima

Director, Institute of Gerontology, the University of Tokyo Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, the University of Tokyo

Linda Chiu Wa Lam

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Yuan-Han, Yang. MD, MS, PhD.

Director, Department of Neurology, Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Director, Center of Teaching and Research, Kaohsiung Municipal Ta-Tung Hospital, Kaohsiung Medical University, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Vice Chairman, Post-Baccalaureate Medicine, Kaohsiung Medical University, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Chaur-Jong Hu

Professor, Vice superintendent, Taipei Neuroscience Institute, Taipei Medical University, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Bettina Borisch

Professor, Institute of Global Health, University of Geneva

Sharon Friel

Director, Menzies Centre for Health Governance, Australian National University, Australia

Audrey Tang

Digital Minister Executive Yuan, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Shih-Chun Candice Lung

Research Fellow, Research Center for Environmental Changes, Academia Sinica, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Deputy Executive Secretary, Center for Sustainability Science, Academia Sinica, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Robert A. Smith, PhD

Senior Vice President, Cancer Screening, American Cancer Society, Atlanta, GA USA Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University School of Public Health, Atlanta, GA USA

Karin Jay

Senior Vice President, Planetree International

Deborah Ningyin Yang

Co-Founder of the Silver Linings Global, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Huaii Hsu

CEO of the Yang Sheng Foundation, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Zi-Ming Huang

Manager, Phantasia Innovative Education Academy, PHANTASIA Co. Ltd., R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Hou-Chaung CHEN

Deputy Superintendent, Tao Yuan General Hospital, Ministry of Health and Welfare,R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Dr Karen Luxford

BSc(HonsI) PhD FAIM GAICD FCHSM Chief Executive Officer, The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards International, Australia

Wayne Huey Herng Sheu

President, Taiwan Public Hospital Association,R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Executive committee, International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region (IDF WPR)

Supervisor, the Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes (AASD)

Chih-Shiang Mike Wu

Co-Founder of the DreamVok, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Juo-Chi Lee

CEO, Hondao Senior Citizen's Welfare Foundation, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Pei-Ting Huang

Chief Executive Officer, The Linker, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Oliver Groene

CEO, International Network of Health Promoting Hospitals

Ming-Nan Lin

M.D.,MPH Buddhist Dalin Tzu Chi Hospital, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Martin McKee


Professor, European Public Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom

Ilona Kickbusch

Ilona Kickbusch is recognized throughout the world for her contribution to health promotion and global health. She is currently adjunct professor at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva and chair of the Global Health Centre. She is also director of Kickbusch Health Consult. She has been awarded the Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany (Bundesverdienstkreuz) in recognition of her contributions to innovation in governance for global health and global health diplomacy.

Kung-Yee Liang

President, National Health Research Institutes, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Jui-Yuan Hsueh

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Jeanne Briskin

Director, Office of Childrens Health Protection US Environmental Protection Agency Washington DC USA

Tanya M. Maslak

Principal Research Scientist

Kuo-Wei Yeh

Associate Professor, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital , and Chang Gung University, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Ni-Hsuan (Kate) Chou

Adviser, Diverse Employment Development Project, Ministry of Labor, R.O.C. (Taiwan) Project Coordinator, Creative Aging Development Department, Anke and Ankecare, Anke Media Corp. Co-founder, Medium Well (creative senior citizen initiative)

Opening Address

President Ing-Wen Tsai

R.O.C (Taiwan)

Dr. Shih-Chung Chen

Minister of health and welfare, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Dr. Shih-Chung Chen, Minister of Health and Welfare, welcomed participants from near and afar to join the 2020 Global Heal Forum in Taiwan, and then introduced President Ing-Wen Tsai to address this year's forum.

President Tsai shared Taiwan's success in preventing the spread of COVID-19. She mentioned that at the outset of the outbreak, Taiwan implemented a set of crucial measures, including onboard and home quarantine, early diagnosis and detection, application pf social distancing, enforcement of facial mask wearing and the utilization of big data analysis and digital technology to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Taiwan also worked tirelessly to assist countries in need, providing necessary medical technology and resources. Through collaboration, the international community can get through this difficult time together

Other than pandemic challenges, Taiwan is a society with an aging population. To meet the needs of the aging population, Taiwan implemented the Long-Term Care Plan 2.0 in 2017 and expanded the number of people covered, increased the number of long-term care system, and will continue to diversify services, from home care to institutions providing residential care.

In the future, Taiwan will continue to share our expertise in medical services and healthcare with the international community. President Tsai emphasized that being able to maintain one's health is a matter of basic human rights, and "Taiwan can help, and Taiwan is help". Regardless of how daunting the future challenges are, Taiwan will work proactively with the international community to achieve global health for all.

Keynote speech

Chung-Liang Shih

M.D.,PH.D. Vice Minister, Ministry of Health and Welfare R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Chien-Jen Chen

Academician, Academia Sinica, R.O.C. (Taiwan)

Post-COVID-19 Era: Achieving SDGs through Global Solidarity

The pandemic of COVID-19 have caused millions of confirmed cases and more than one million deaths since December 2019. It also resulted in economic recession in almost all countries. Low-income families and vulnerable industries have been most severely influenced. Almost all SDGs except “life below water” and “life on land” were affected by COVID-19. The response to COVID-19 in Taiwan was ranked as the best by the Bloomberg Economics and Newsweek Japan in late July, and Oxford Martin School in mid-September. The four major principles underpinning Taiwan’s success of COVID-19 containment include prudent action, rapid response, early deployment, and transparency. There were no city lockdown and mass screening in Taiwan, while the information and communication technology (ICT) and artificial intelligence (AI) were used to facilitate border control and quarantine, contact tracing and tracking, precision testing, home isolation/quarantine, cell broadcast of hotspot, mass production and name-based rationing of personal protection equipment, hospital infection control, promotion of personal hygiene, social distancing and avoidance of large-scale gatherings, financial relief and economic stimulus, and international collaboration. The Central Epidemic Command Center has held daily press briefings since January, and quickly established its authority and earned the trust of the public. The public trust has had a stabilizing influence on society, encouraging citizens to follow government guidance and rules, and making the public less vulnerable to disinformation campaigns. Solidarity is the key for the successful containment of COVID-19 and maintenance of economic vitality in Taiwan. Taiwan is helping many countries during this pandemic period. In the post-COVID-19 era, zero-contact economy with zero-distance innovation based on ICT and AI will become more and more important. Global solidarity through mutual trust and international collaboration is essential for achieving SDGs extensively and progressively in the world.

Ying-Wei Wang, M.D., Dr. P.H

Director-General, Health Promotion Administration, Ministry of Health and Welfare, Taiwan, R. O. C. Associate Professor, School of Medicine, Tzu Chi University, Taiwan

Professor Sir Michael G. Marmot

Director, UCL Institute of Health Equity (since 2011) Professor in Epidemiology & Public Health, University College London, since 1985 (Head of Department 1985-2011) MRC Research Professor in Epidemiology 1995 – 2013

Social Justice, Health Equity and Covid-19

Taking action to reduce health inequalities is a matter of social justice. In developing strategies for tackling health inequalities we need to confront the social gradient in health not just the difference between the worst off and everybody else. There is clear evidence when we look across countries that national policies make a difference and that much can be done in cities, towns and local areas. But policies and interventions must not be confined to the health care system; they need to address the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. The evidence shows that economic circumstances are important but are not the only drivers of health inequalities. Tackling the health gap will take action, based on sound evidence, across the whole of society. The pandemic has exposed and amplified underlying inequalities in society that lead to inequalities in health.

2020, Day 1

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2020, Day 2

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