International Forum on Global Health promotes a roundtable ahead of the World Bank and IMF Spring Meetings 2022 to discuss the mechanisms for pandemic preparedness

Washington DC (April 13, 2022) At the Global Parliamentary Forum 2022 organized by the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group, a parliamentary roundtable on essential principles and financing mechanisms for pandemic preparedness and response convened together members of the Panel for a Global Public Health Convention, the International Forum on Global Health, the Parliamentary Network on the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, UNITE Global Parliamentarians Network, and the Global Fund, to discuss the current and proposed financing needed, and the mechanisms that might be used. The event had the participation of more than 50 policy makers, 85 participants on total spread by 25 countries.

At the December 2021 Special Session of the World Health Assembly, a historic decision was reached to launch the process to develop and negotiate a global agreement on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. A Member States-driven Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) has been established to negotiate the scope and contents of the agreement, with an anticipated first draft in July 2022.In this event that gathered parliamentarians from across the globe, the organization has set as a goal the need to “increased awareness and capacity of members of parliament to reach consensus for a common global health architecture, including current negotiations of the Pandemic Treaty and the role parliamentarians can play in it”.

According to Ricardo Baptista Leite, Member of Parliament in Portugal and UNITE’s President, that launched the discussion of the roundtable, for the world to be prepared, “the best solution is a global treaty or convention, signed and overseen by Heads of State and Government, who must renew their commitment to multilateralism and create an effective global architecture to direct and coordinate all aspects of pandemic preparedness and response.”

As we are still dealing with this pandemic crisis, parliamentarians find that is important to discuss the lessons learned with COVID-19 to assure that the world will be better prepared for future outbreaks. In the words of Liam Byrne, Member of Parliament in the UK and Chair of the Global Parliamentary Network on the IMF & World Bank, “COVID-19 crisis is not over. Lives are still being lost. However, as we are emerging out of the pandemic, it is crucial we remember the people we have lost and learn the lessons we have learned”.

This collaboration between different organizations linked to the work of policymakers happens after the creation of the International Forum on Global Health, a collaborative group of parliamentarians network that was set with the goal of discussing the global health agenda.

Alongside the participation of the parliamentarians, it was possible to listen to Dame Barbara Stocking, Chair of the Panel for a Global Public Health Convention (PGPHC); Angel Gurria, Former Secretary-General OCDE and Member of the PGPHC; Priya Basu, Head of Development Finance of the World Bank and Scott Boule, Senior Specialist Parliamentary Affairs of the Global Fund.

Read the call to action of the event.

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