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WHO: 4th Global Forum on Human Resources for Health (Nov, 13-17, 2017)


The Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health - Building the health workforce of the future - will be held in Dublin, Ireland, from 13-17 November 2017.  The Forum is intersectoral.  It will welcome participation from a range of actors across education, health, labour/employment and finance sectors. It is the largest open conference on human resources for health related issues and is expected to gather over 1,000 delegates from across the globe.

The adoption of the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030 (pdf - 64 pages - 1.89 Mo) and the work of the UN High level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth - have made a bold economic case for investing in the health and social workforce and intensified intersectoral collaboration.

The Forum programme will feature high-impact decision-makers, leaders, and investors representing all stakeholder groups to discuss and debate innovative approaches towards advancing the implementation of the Global Strategy and the Commission’s recommendations. High level plenaries, side sessions and skills building workshops with exhibition areas, poster presentations, and much more will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.

We invite governments, academia and researchers, labour organizations, professional associations, civil society, young professional associations, global initiatives, financing institutions as well as the private sector to join us in Dublin and show a collective commitment in making available the workforce required to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Forum is convened by Trinity College, Dublin, Health Service Executive, Irish Aid, the Department of Health, Ireland, the World Health Organization and the Global Health Workforce Network. Co-sponsors include Member States and supporting organizations engaged in the work of the Global Health Workforce Network.

The Forum website is now live at www.hrhforum2017.ie, with information on the programme, schedule, key deadlines and other practical information. 


Registration for the Fourth Global Forum on Human Resources for Health is now open. Please visit the Forum website to take advantage of early bird rates:

Full delegate (Early bird rate): €650
Full delegate (Normal rate): €750

Please check the Forum website as other rates are available for participants from Low and Lower Middle Income countries and for full time, non-salaried students and young professionals as well as a day rate. 


Pre-Forum side events and skills building workshops will take place on Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November 2017. These sessions are fully organized and coordinated by the host of the side event applicant. Applications for side events and skills building workshops can be made online via the Forum website. Applications will be screened based on the follwing criteria:

  • Relevance to the overall forum theme and sub-themes;
  • Cutting edge developments, evidence, practice or policy;
  • Value and clarity of the learning objectives;
  • Level of interactivity and use of innovative methods for interaction;
  • Diversity of the speakers (gender balance, geographical representation and youth participation).


The call for submissions invites proposals for the main Forum programme from a range of actors: policy makers,  planners, civil society, practitioners, academia, researchers and decision-makers across the sectors (including health, labour, education and finance). The call for submissions has two possible options:
(a) Technical (policy and practice).
(b) Scientific (research and innovations).
Within these two options, submission can be presented either for the organization of a complete track session (organized session) or as an abstract for an oral, poster and video presentation.
The submission must relate to one of the 4 subthemes of the Forum:

  • Aligning education and utilization of skills to optimize workforce performance
  • Policies and planning for labour market transformation and employment for health
  • Decent work, rights and responsibilities
  • Moving forward: improving governance for effective implementation of the Global Strategy on HRH

Submission guidelines and an application form are available on the Forum Website.


  • Preliminary youth programme online: 20 June 2017
  • Side event applications deadline: 21 June 2017
  • Call for submissions deadline: 26 June 2017
  • Registration - Early bird deadline: 31 July 2017
  • Notification of side event allocations: 31 July 2017 
  • Notification of abstract acceptance/rejection: 31 July 2017
  • Preliminary programme online: 8 August 2017
  • Notification of marketplace allocations: 20 August 2017
  • Marketplace/exhibition applications deadline: 31 August 2017
  • Full programme (with speaker confirmations): 6 October 2017

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