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Grand Challenges and The Lancet

UCL Grand Challenges have spearheaded several innovative partnerships with The Lancet, on a range of health-related topics

The Lancet Commissions

UCL Grand Challenges has kickstarted a number of large scale, worldwide collaborations between academics that have reported their findings in The Lancet.

The UCL Lancet Commissions produced so far are:

This directly led to The Lancet Countdown: Tracking Progress on Health and Climate Change, an international, multi-disciplinary research collaboration hosted at UCL. In 2018, The Lancet Countdown published a report in 2018 tracking the recommendations the panel had made in 2015.

The UCL-Lancet Lectures

The UCL Lancet lecture is an annual global health event open to the public and free-of charge. The first UCL Lancet lecture took place in 2005 and past speakers have included Christiana Figueres, former Head of UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Head of UNAIDS Michel Sidibé, and Indian author Arundhati Roy.

2019: Dr Rachel Nugent, Vice-President for Global Non-Communicable Diseases at RTI International, on the NCD crisis. Watch the lecture online.

2017: Ms Liliane Ploumen, Dutch MP and former Development Cooperation Minister, on sexual and reproductive health and President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule. Read more about the lecture and watch it online.

2016: Ms Christiana Figueres, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change chief, on the need to tackle climate change to protect & improve health. Read more about the lecture and watch it online.

2015: Ms Amina J. Mohammed, Minister of Environment of Nigeria, on the universal Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. Read more about the lecture and watch it online..

2014: Ms Arundhati Roy, acclaimed novelist and political activist, on the practice of caste in India. Read more about the lecture and watch it online..

2013: Dr Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of Rwanda, on her country's experiences mobilising partnerships on the long road to universal health coverage. Read more about the lecture and watch it online..

2012: Mr Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, on global health governance for the post-2015 development era. Read more about the lecture and watch it online.

2011: Professor Jayati Ghosh, on economic growth and women's health outcomes in India. Read more about the lecture and watch it online.

2010: Ms Helen Clark, Administrator of the UNDP and former Prime Minister of New Zealand, on overcoming global health challenges to meet the Millenium Development Goals. Read more about the lecture.

2009: Professor Lord May, Government Chief Science Adviser and former President of the Royal Society, on climate change and global health. Read more about the lecture

2008: Professor Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, on the importance of health in the development agenda. Read more about the lecture.

2007: Professor Adenike Grange, Minister of Health for Nigeria, on the work underway to develop a National Health Investment Plan for Nigeria. Read more about the lecture

2006: Mr Jens Stoltenberg, Prime Minister of Norway, on reducing child mortality. Read more about the lecture

2005: Daniel Kahneman, psychologist and Nobel Laureate

2004: Amartya Sen, economist and Nobel Laureate

2003: Vandana Shiva, environmentalist and social activist

2002: Jeffrey Sachs, economist and special adviser to several UN Secretaries General

2001: Clare Short, Minister for Overseas Development