TIMELINE OF EFFORTS TO STRENGTHEN GLOBAL PANDEMIC PREPAREDNESS AND RESPONSE IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 CRISIS
4-6 September: Additional INB session and/or Drafting Group meetings
20 September: UN High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (Political Declaration final text for silence procedure)
17-21 July: Sixth meeting of the INB and continuation of meetings of the drafting group
21 and 24 July: Joint plenary meetings of the INB/WGIHR
24-28 July: Fourth meeting of the WGIHR (Final report available here)
JUNE 12-16, 2023: INB 5 Resumed Session
The resumed session of the fifth meeting of the INB was held from 12-16 June 2023 in a hybrid format.
According to the report of the meeting, the INB adopted Bureau’s text as a basis for further work after Member States and relevant stakeholders provided general comments in the opening plenary session of the meeting.
The Drafting Group discussed Articles 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14. The meeting agreed to consider the articles through informal meetings of the drafting group, and two informal meetings on Article 9 were held on the sidelines of the meeting.
The INB agreed to hold intersessional informal meetings in advance of the INB 6 on Articles 9, 12, and 13.
It was noted that a joint plenary session of the INB and WGIHR would be held on 21 and 24 of July 2023.
JUNE 5, 2023: UNGA High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response
The Zero Draft of the Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response was released.
THE GOVERNING PANDEMICS INITIATIVE
An initiative by the Global Health Centre, Geneva Graduate Institute
Covid-19 has exposed major gaps in the global system for governing preparedness for and responses to pandemics. The Global Health Centre's Governing Pandemics initiative is tracking efforts to address these gaps. This site offers a one-stop information source on six issues that have been identified as requiring reform, and on the proposed pandemic treaty.
For each issue, the main problems, pre-Covid-19 reforms, 2021 recommendations by major international panels, and ongoing policy debates are summarized. Regular updates will be provided as efforts progress.
GOVERNING PANDEMICS 101
Pandemics such as Covid-19 pose wicked challenges for global governance. The Global Health Centre is piloting a free, open online course designed for learners who wish to follow and engage with ongoing processes to reform global arrangements for pandemic preparedness and response.
Topics include WHO; treaties; financing: sharing of data and samples; access to vaccines and drugs; trade and travel restrictions; animal-human health; human rights; humanitarian assistance; universal health coverage and geopolitics.