Global accountability to prevent pandemics

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Global accountability to prevent pandemics

Statement on behalf of the Panel for a Global Public Health Convention on 3 June 2024

June 3, 2024
The Panel for a Global Public Health Convention welcomes the adoption of the amendments to the International Health Regulations at the 77th World Health Assembly. We wish to thank Member States, the WGIHR Bureau, the Drafting Group at the WHA and the Secretariat for their efforts and recognise the enormous amount of time and energy that have been committed to reach agreement on the completion of the amended IHR.

COVID-19 devastated the world.

Imagine if we could prevent future outbreaks from escalating into pandemics.

The only way to do it is for countries to work together and hold each other accountable. 

The modern world is interconnected, and infectious diseases easily cross borders. Though we cannot entirely prevent outbreaks, we can slow or stop pandemics before they kill millions – if we put in place a new way to respond together, as a global community.

We were unequipped to respond to COVID-19 because there was no global governance structure with the authority to monitor, inspect and hold actors accountable, and to coordinate the world response. As a result, countries did not follow existing legally binding International Health Regulations or emerging science-based public health recommendations.

We need fresh and independent thinking to get us to work together in a new way.

The time to act is now. Heads of state and government must negotiate and sign a treaty or convention to prevent the next pandemic – before it’s too late.

How to Prevent the Next Pandemic:

We consulted with global experts across borders and sectors to determine what a new global public health security convention would need to best prevent, prepare for and respond to infectious disease outbreaks and pandemics.

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