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Dagfinn Høybråten
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Dagfinn Høybråten is a Vice President of the Norwegian Parliament and Chair of the GAVI Alliance Board. He has previously served as chairman and Parliamentary leader of his party and as president of the Nordic Council.

Høybråten has held several senior positions in Norwegian Government including Minister of Health, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs. As a Minister Mr. Høybråten was responsible for initiating several major health and social reforms, including a new tobacco control legislation, a comprehensive Mental Health Plan and a reorganization of the welfare administration.

Høybråten holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Oslo.

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New Nordic Climate Solutions -- A Contribution to the COP21 Dialogue

(3) Comments | Posted December 7, 2015 | 10:10 AM

If we continue to emit in current rates we have only about 15 years left before we have emitted enough CO2 to warm this planet with more than 2 degrees. This is not a political statement, but a scientific one.

COP21 in Paris is therefore a defining...

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Be Bold: How Gavi Will Immunize Another 300 Million Children

(0) Comments | Posted March 27, 2015 | 2:03 PM

A challenge stands before us: ensuring immunization of the world's poorest children. If we as global citizens can meet it, we will help protect the lives of millions in places too poor to afford vaccines.

Despite remarkable progress made by Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance in helping to immunize half a...

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Why Gender Equality Is a Sustainable Approach to Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2015 | 12:59 PM

Every level of society is an incubator of innovation within which everyone can contribute. Therefore it should go without saying that gender equality promotes innovation, but how does this work in practice? Let's cast our eyes northwards towards the countries labelled "the world's most gender equal" - The Nordics.

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Trust Behind Nordic Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 6:38 AM

One important reason for the Nordic countries' success is often overlooked - the high level of trust among people in the Region.

The Nordic countries have recently attracted attention for their handling of the financial crisis. Last year, The Economist dubbed the Nordic countries 'the next supermodel' - a blueprint...

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Eine bessere Investition gibt es nicht

(0) Comments | Posted October 28, 2014 | 2:50 PM

Mit seiner fesselnden Natur und atemberaubenden Landschaft ist Laos ohne Zweifel eine Perle in Südostasien. Gleichzeitig ist es aber auch eines der ärmsten Länder Asiens mit einem sehr schwachen Gesundheitssystem, in dem die Gesundheitsversorgung der Menschen immer noch stark davon abhängt, in welchem Teil des Landes sie leben.

Vor kurzem...

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Lifesaving Convictions

(0) Comments | Posted May 27, 2014 | 12:50 PM

GENEVA - The plight of more than 200 girls abducted in northern Nigeria is a brutal reminder of just how vulnerable children in Africa -- particularly girls -- can be. But it is equally important to recognize that this is not a true reflection of modern Africa, and that African...

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Kein Kind sollte an einer Krankheit sterben, die durch Impfen vermeidbar ist

(2) Comments | Posted April 7, 2014 | 9:03 AM

Gesundheit als Grundpfeiler für nachhaltige Entwicklung

Ich glaube fest daran, dass Gesundheit ein grundlegendes Menschenrecht ist. Am heutigen Weltgesundheitstag stimmt es mich traurig, dass etwa alle 20 Sekunden ein Kind an einer Krankheit stirbt, die leicht durch Impfen verhindert werden könnte. Das können wir nicht hinnehmen! Umso auffallender ist, dass...

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Transparency Is a Two-Way Window

(0) Comments | Posted October 31, 2013 | 4:01 PM

By Dagfinn Høybråten, Board Chair of the GAVI Alliance and Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers, and Dr Richard Sezibera, Board Member of the GAVI Alliance and Secretary General of the East African Community.

As Global Transparency Week took place last week it was disheartening to...

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A Promise Is a Promise

(0) Comments | Posted October 18, 2013 | 4:23 PM

We teach our children about the importance of keeping promises, but the best way to communicate this is by keeping our promises to them. In 2011 my organisation the GAVI Alliance held its first ever pledging conference in London, an historic meeting where we committed to help developing countries immunize...

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Private Sector Partnerships Can Transform Global Health

(1) Comments | Posted January 26, 2013 | 5:09 PM

There's a growing and welcome awareness that the world's biggest health challenges have profound economic implications as well.

Illnesses such as pneumonia, measles and meningitis take an enormous personal toll on people in the world's poorest countries. I've seen this firsthand in hospitals and rural clinics from Tanzania to...

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Vaccines as a Sign of Progress in Myanmar

(0) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 3:22 PM

Myanmar made news this week, but not for reasons you might expect. The scene at the little health center in Thagaya in Yedashe township is an unmistakable sign of progress as the country emerges from decades of social and political isolation. For the first time, with support from the

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Vaccines and Ensuring the Health of Children No Matter Where They Live

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2012 | 11:15 AM

As world leaders gather this week at the General Assembly in New York, I'm encouraged by the focus on children's health alongside other pressing global issues.

These discussions come in the wake of UNICEF's latest report on declines in child mortality around the world.

There's much good news...

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In Haiti: Rebuilding a Healthier Future With Vaccines

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 1:52 PM

On a recent Sunday in Port-au-Prince, a man in a bright yellow T-shirt and aviator sunglasses wielded a megaphone, calling out directions to long lines of determined mothers and their children waiting in the hot sun.

In post-earthquake Haiti -- where signs of the devastation still linger two years on...

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