Do we need a pandemic treaty?

A CSO perspective. Preliminary findings of a G2H2 study.

Webinar on 25 October 2021, 16.00-17.30 CEST

Video documentation available on G2H2-Website

While the world is reeling in the second year under the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Global South finds itself subjected to the new form of global inequality enshrined in the patently flawed vaccine distribution strategy, a new initiative has been spearheaded by the EU leadership, and supported by the WHO Director General and a relatively small group of countries, to negotiate a pandemic treaty for the future pandemic preparedness and response.

The Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) is currently mapping this complex proposal and its ultimate goals and implications in the global health governance through a bottom-up research and advocacy project that aims to involve those who have concretely tackled the response to COVID-19 in countries. The study is also discussing the possibility of alternative governance for the right to health, based on the principles of cooperation and solidarity and focusing on some of the structural pathogens leading to the pandemic.

On the sidelines of the World Health Summit in Berlin, the German Platform for Global Health and G2H2 warmly invite you all to join the online presentation of the preliminary findings of the G2H2 study, prior to its formal launch in Geneva in mid-November, ahead of the World Health Assembly Special Session.

In building this research and advocacy activity, we need to take stock of collective reflections and competent dialogues such as this one. Join us!

Program Agenda

Welcome and Introduction
Andreas Wulf, German Platform for Global Health and Geneva Global Health Hub

G2H2 Study Preliminary Results
Priti Patnaik, Founding Editor Geneva Health Files,
Remco van de Pas, Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp

Björn Kümmel, Division Global Health, Ministry of Health Germany
Unni Karunakara, Senior Fellow Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale University

Victoria Saint, School of Public Health, Bielefeld University

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