Commission Meeting Stockholm

Inaugural Meeting

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May 9–10, 2019 Stockholm, Sweden



Meeting objectives

During this first meeting, The Lancet-SIGHT Commission aims to:

  • Generate agreement on the Commission vision
  • Identify the main themes for the Commission to explore
  • Create Working Groups based on priority themes
  • Develop Working Group objectives, outputs, and workplans
  • Clarify the Commission timeline, workplan, and funding needs


Day One: Thursday, May 9

8:30 – 9:15

Session 1: Welcome and opening remarks

Session Chair: Peter Friberg, Jocalyn Clark

Objective: Welcome all participants and initiate collective ownership among Commissioners.

Welcome from SIGHT, the Lancet, and the Commission Chair (Peter Friberg, Jocalyn Clark, and message from President Tarja Halonen) [15 min]

·       Review of meeting objectives

Roundtable introductions of Commissioners and invited participants [30 min]

·       What is one thing you want to get from this Commission experience?

·       What is one thing you can contribute?

9:15 – 9:50

Session 2 [Plenary]: What is a Lancet Commission?

Session Chair: Ramya Kumar

Objective: Clarify the purpose and process of a Lancet Commission and discuss lessons from past Commissions.

What is a Lancet Commission? (Jocalyn Clark) [20 min]

Commission structure and roles (Peter Friberg) [5 min]

Plenary discussion [10 min]

·       What are lessons from Commissioner experiences on other Commissions?


9:50 – 10:20

Session 3 [Plenary]: Vision

Session Chairs: Peter Friberg, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Sara Fewer

Objective: Generate consensus on the Commission goals and scope.

Proposed Commission vision (Peter Friberg, Zulfiqar Bhutta, Sara Fewer) [10 min]

Plenary discussion [20 min]

·       Questions and comments from Commissioners

10:20 – 10:30


10:35 – 10:55

Session 4 [Plenary]: Perspective on conflict and health

Session Chair: Sigrún Rawet

Remarks by Ambassador Jan Eliasson

·       Q&A with Commissioners

10:55 – 12:00

Session 5 [Plenary]: What are the problems this Commission will address?

Session Chair: Maryam Bigdeli

Objective: Raise potential problems, themes, and gaps in evidence, policy, and implementation for the Commission to consider as focus areas.

Rapid presentations [40 min]

Each presentation will be limited to 8 minutes with 2 minutes for clarifying questions. The presentations will not provide a comprehensive overview of any topic but rather highlight a few data points, problems, and/or themes for idea generation.


1.     State of progress on SDG 3, 5, and 16: descriptive statistics on key indicators (Sigrún Rawet)

2.     Good health and well-being as a determinant of peace (Debarati Guha‐Sapir)

3.     Institutional mechanisms to improve gender equality and health (Valerie Percival)

4.     Health system contributions to societal trust and well-being (Siri Gloppen)

Plenary discussion [25 min]

·       What are potential problems, themes, and/or gaps in evidence, policy, and implementation for the Commission to consider (related or in addition to those raised in the rapid presentations)?

·       What could be the Commission’s potential impact in these areas?

12:00 – 13:00


13:00 – 13:35

Session 6 [Plenary]: Snapshots from related initiatives

Session Chair: Neil Arya

Objective: Identify potential ways to complement, and not duplicate, related Lancet Commissions and Series and other related initiatives.

Rapid presentations [20 min]

Each presentation will be limited to 8 minutes with 2 minutes for clarifying questions. The presentations will provide an overview of key messages and focus areas of these initiatives (to the extent possible for unpublished products), and raise ideas to build on this work and avoid duplication.


1.     The upcoming Lancet Series on Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health and Nutrition in Conflict Settings (Zulfiqar Bhutta)

2.     The upcoming Lancet Series on gender equality, norms, and health (Jocalyn Clark)

Plenary discussion [15 min]

·       How could the Lancet-SIGHT Commission build on the work of these other initiatives?

·       What are other initiatives the Commission should consider?

13:35 – 14:35

Session 7 [Breakout]: Identify main themes

Chair: Sara Fewer

Objective: Identify main themes and potential research questions for the Commission to explore to achieve its vision.

Breakout group exercise [60 min]

Commissioners will be assigned to 3 breakout groups. Each group will have a facilitator and a rapporteur. The rapporteur will prepare written bullet points to summarize the discussion and share with the Secretariat.

·       Based on the vision, what are the main themes the Commission should explore?

·       To help articulate the themes, what are potential research questions related to these themes?

·       Which of these themes and questions are priorities? Why?

14:35 – 14:50


14:50 – 15:05

Snapshots from related initiatives (continued)

Session Chair: Neil Arya


The UiO-Lancet Commission on Global Governance for Health (Ole Petter Ottersen)

·       Q&A with Commissioners

15:05 – 16:05

Session 8 [Plenary]: Prioritize main themes

Session Chair: Gavin Yamey

Objective: Develop group consensus on priority themes and questions for the Commission.

Report from rapporteurs [15 min]

·       5 mins from each breakout group on priority themes and questions

Plenary discussion on key themes [45 min]

·       What are the similarities and differences across the groups’ main themes and questions?

·       Which themes and questions are emerging as shared priorities?

·       How well will these themes and questions help achieve the Commission’s vision?

16:05 – 17:05

Session 9 [Plenary]: Create the Working Groups

Session Chair: Steven Hoffman

Objective: Organize the priority themes into Working Groups and determine Working Group assignments.

Plenary discussion [30 min]

·       How can the priority themes and questions be organized into Working Groups?

·       How can these Working Groups complement each other and facilitate the Commission’s interdisciplinary approach?

Determine Working Group assignments [30 min]

·       Suggestions from Co-Chairs on Working Group Leads and Commissioners

·       Suggestions from Commissioners on roles

17:05 – 17:15

Close of Day One

Reflections from Jocalyn Clark

Day Two: Friday, May 10

8:30 – 9:00

Welcome to Day Two

Session Chair: Carolyn Chisadza

Objective: Develop a shared understanding of decisions from Day One and identify additional considerations.

Summary of Day One (Elena Varivikova) [10 min]

Reflections from Commissioners [20 min]

·       What questions remain from Day One?

·       What are considerations for Day Two?

9:00 – 9:30

Session 10 [Plenary]: Clarify Working Group terms of reference

Session Chair: Fanghui Zhao

Objective: Develop consensus on Working Group structure and responsibilities.

Proposed Working Group terms of reference (Sara Fewer) [10 min]


Plenary discussion [20 min]

·       Questions and suggestions on Working Group structure and responsibilities

9:30 – 9:45

Group photo and break

9:45 – 11:45

Session 11 [Breakout]: Initiate the Working Groups

Objective: Define the objectives, outputs, and workplan for each Working Group, to allow for work to begin immediately following.

During this session, each Working Group will prepare a written outline to describe the following aspects of their work:

·       Objectives

·       Key areas of analysis and outputs

o   Specify research questions

o   Identify data sources and other resources to use

o   Describe case studies, research papers, and key figures/tables

o   Outline potential key messages

·       Key stakeholders

o   Identify target audience for work on country, regional, and global level

o   Describe when and how to engage

·       Workplan

o   Develop timeline, including analysis, Working Group meetings, and report to Co-Chairs

o   Identify individuals for analytic and other key functions

·       Required resources

o   Funding needed to support analysis

11:45 – 13:00


13:00 – 15:00

Session 12 [Plenary]: Share and further develop Working Groups

Session Chair: President Tarja Halonen

Objective: Gather Commissioner input on each Working Group’s objectives, outputs and workplans, and ensure coordination between Working Groups.

Working Group presentations and discussion

Each rapporteur will present their objectives, outputs, and workplan, limited to 15 minutes. This will be followed questions, comments, and suggestions from Commissions, up to 15 minutes.

·       Report from rapporteurs

·       Commissioners to offer questions and considerations, and identify connections between Working Groups

15:00 – 15:15


15:15 – 16:00

Session 13 [Plenary]: Overview of timeline, workplan, and funding

Session Chair: Ben Oppenheim

Objective: Discuss the overall Commission timeline, workplan and resource needs.

Presentation of draft timeline and workplan (Johan Dahlstrand) [10 min]

Status of Commission funding (Peter Friberg) [5 min]

Plenary discussion [30 min]

·       What are funding opportunities, and who can carry that forward?

16:00 – 16:30

Close of Meeting

Session Chair: Jocalyn Clark

Roundtable closing remarks from Commissioners

Thank you from the Lancet and SIGHT (Jocalyn Clark, Peter Friberg)