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Introduction

The “Global Health and Welfare Forum in Taiwan” is an annual event, organized jointly by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health and Welfare and Health Promotion Administration of Taiwan, which convenes leaders from the worlds of research, policy, and practice to share ideas and experiences that address the greatest health and welfare challenges that beset our world.

As the global COVID-19 pandemic extends into its second year, many around the world are still coping with the threats of the pandemic. Yet there have been numerous efforts and preparation underway to build back a more resilient and better society. To emphasize the significance of social and welfare issues, the Global Health Forum in Taiwan has been renamed to the “Global Health and Welfare Forum in Taiwan”, building upon the theme of “Sustainable Society” and exploring the dimensions that constitute a sustainable society, focusing not only the health and well-being of individuals but also the society as a whole, with emphasis on the policies/governance and actions required to achieve this goal.

The Forum of 2021 will feature short and long-term impacts on health services, society and sustainable development, along with enriching and engaging discussion on a wide variety topics such as precision pandemic control, precision health, holistic care, healthcare work forces and personnel, healthy aging and sustainability, mental health, child exploitation, climate change and children’s health, universal health coverage and reform, poverty and impacts of pandemic on social welfare.