With ministers and the representatives of relevant organizations from G20 countries attending, the two-day meeting started with a welcoming speech by Italy's Health minister Roberto Speranza at the historical Capitolini Museum in Rome.
In three sessions, participants will discuss the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, along with the prevention of future pandemics and ways to counter the novel coronavirus.
Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca will also attend the meeting via video link.
Participants are expected to give a message of strengthened cooperation, solidarity and equality at the meeting, according to Italian media outlets.
The event will conclude on Monday with the adoption of a health declaration.
*Writing by Zehra Nur Duz
Source: Anadolu Agency