Mechanisms 16th Tripartite Health Ministers’ Meeting was Held in Beijing 2023.12.03
On December 3, 2023, the 16th Tripartite Health Ministers’ Meeting was held in Beijing. Chaired by Vice Minister LEI Haichao of National Health Commission of China, the Meeting was attended by Vice Minister OSHIMA Kazuhiro of Ministry of Helath, Labor and Welfare of Japan, Vice Minister PARK Minsoo of Ministry of Health and Welfare of the ROK, WHO Acting Regional Director for the Western Pacific Zsuzsanna Jakab, and Secretary-General LEE Hee-sup of Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat. 

In his remarks, Secretary General LEE spoke highly of the consistent and regular convening of the Tripartite Health Ministers’ Meeting over the past years, which showcases the determination and solidarity of China, Japan and the ROK in safeguarding the fundamental interests of the people. He reiterated TCS’ commitment to work with the three competent authorities to further promote information sharing and joint response to the common public health challenges including the risks of the novel pandemic. 

Under the theme “Work together for a healthier and safer future,” the Meeting recalled the progress of trilateral health cooperation, and had in-depth view exchanges and explored cooperation on the three countries’ practices and experiences related to the public health emergency preparedness during pandemics, the consolidation of the resilience of the primary health care system, the promotion of universal health coverage, and the improvement of elderly care services and measures for healthy aging. 

The Meeting endorsed the Joint Statement of the 16th Tripartite Health Ministries’ Meeting, and the three Vice Ministers signed the China-Japan-Korea Memorandum Of Understanding on Health Cooperation for the first time. 

The Tripartite Health Ministers’ Meeting was commenced in 2006. The next (17th) Meeting will be held in Japan in 2024. 

▲Secretary-General LEE Hee-sup delivered remarks at the 16th Tripartite Health Ministers’ Meeting 

▲Group Photo