2015•05•22 Port of Spain
From 5–7 May 2015, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, in partnership with the office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Trinidad and Tobago, and the University of the West Indies, convened the forum “Disruptive Thinking, Bold Action, Practical Outcomes”. The forum brought together progressive thinkers, policymakers, diplomats, senior UN officials, and business and civil society leaders to develop innovative and ambitious ideas designed to catalyze research and action needed to build a transformed and sustainable future for the Caribbean.
Dr. Obijiofor Aginam, UNU-IIGH Senior Research Fellow and Head of Governance for Global Health, was a panelist at the forum and argued that in a globalized word, no nation-state is immune to the threats of infectious and non-communicable diseases. Dr. Aginam’s points stressed that because of asymmetries in the international system, Caribbean small island developing states should progressively harmonize their foreign, health, trade and security policies to effectively address some of the newly emerging and re-emerging global health issues.