Institute for Global Health


UCL Lancet Lecture Series

The UCL Lancet Lecture is a prestigious annual public lecture held at UCL and has been jointly organised by UCL and the Lancet since 2001.

Catch-up with previous Lectures

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Muhammad Ali Pate

Lancet Lecture 2022 

Muhammad Ali Pate is currently the Global Director, Health, Nutrition and Population (HNP) Global Practice of the World Bank and the Director of Global Financing Facility for Women, Children and Adolescents (GFF). Muhammad Ali Pate speaks on Global Health Preparedness in the Face of Emerging Epidemics. 




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Dr Rachel Nugent

Lancet Lecture 2019

More than 70% of global health deaths are caused by NCDs (Noncommunicable diseases) which have been estimated to impose a $47 trillion burden on developing country GDP by 2030. Like pandemics, NCDs are usually preventable. Like climate change, NCDs require a multi-sectoral response. Like both, NCDs are largely a human-caused problem. It is clear that without dramatic new intervention the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) target to reduce premature NCD mortality by one-third by 2030 will fail. This lecture claims that NCDs are a solvable problem and describes plausible scenarios for reversing NCD burden and achieving health and economic gains. It should be feasible for every country in the world to conquer NCDs in an ethical, sustainable and affordable manner.

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Mrs Lilianne Ploumen

Lancet Lecture 2017

Dutch MP and Former Development Cooperation Minister, Mrs Lilianne Ploument, speaks on sexual and reproductive health, in particular how she came to create the "She Decides" international initiative as a response to President Trump's reinstatement of the "global gag rule" (aka Mexico City policy), which severely limits US aid funding for sexual and reproductive health in some of the world's poorest countries.

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Ms Christiana Figueres

Lancet Lecture 2016

Action on climate change for a healthier world – putting the Paris Agreement into practice. Ms Christiana Figueres is the Former Executive Secretary of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The 2015 Paris agreement on climate change was an historic step for the world in tackling the biggest global threat facing the 21st century. At the 2016 UCL Lancet lecture, former UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, the senior official responsible for steering the Paris Agreement to a successful conclusion, will speak on health and climate change and the opportunity for the Agreement to improve global health.


Previous UCL Lancet lectures

2015 Lancet Lecture: Ms Amina J. Mohammed

2014 Lancet Lecture: Ms Arundhati Roy

2013 Lancet Lecture: Dr Agnes Binagwaho

2012 Lancet Lecture: Mr Michel Sidibé

2011 Lancet Lecture: Professor Jayati Ghosh

2010 Lancet Lecture: Ms Helen Clark

2009 Lancet Lecture: Professor Lord May

2008 Lancet Lecture: Professor Michel Kazatchkine

2007 Lancet Lecture: Professor Adenike Grange

2006 Lancet Lecture: Mr Jens Stoltenberg