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Global leaders unite in urgent call for international pandemic treaty

<ul><li><h3>25 heads of government and international agencies come together in extraordinary joint call </h3></li><li><h3>New treaty would signal high-level political action needed to protect the world from future health crises</h3></li></ul><p>The international community should work together &ldquo;towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response&rdquo; to build a more robust global health architecture that will protect future generations, world leaders said in <a href="https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/op-ed—covid-19-shows-why-united-action-is-needed-for-more-robust-international-health-architecture">a commentary</a> published today in several newspapers around the world.</p><p>&ldquo;There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone,&rdquo; the leaders say in their article. &ldquo;The question is not if, but when. Together, we must be
better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe.&rdquo;</p><p>The main goal of a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response would be to foster a comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach to strengthen national, regional and global capacities and resilience to future pandemics. This is an opportunity
for the world to come together as a global community for peaceful cooperation that extends beyond this crisis.</p><p>According to the article, the treaty &ldquo;would be rooted in the constitution of the World Health Organization, drawing in other relevant organizations key to this endeavour, in support of the principle of health for all. Existing global health instruments,
especially the International Health Regulations, would underpin such a treaty, ensuring a firm and tested foundation on which we can build and improve.&rdquo;</p><p>The commentary has been signed by&nbsp;J. V.&nbsp;<strong>Bainimarama</strong>, Prime Minister of Fiji; Prayut <strong>Chan-o-cha</strong>, Prime Minister of Thailand; Ant&oacute;nio Lu&iacute;s Santos da&nbsp;<strong>Costa</strong>, Prime Minister of
Portugal; Mario <strong>Draghi</strong>, Prime Minister of Italy;&nbsp;<span style="background-color:initial;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Klaus</span><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">&nbsp; </span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Iohannis</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Romania; Boris&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Johnson</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Paul&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Kagame</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Rwanda; Uhuru&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Kenyatta</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Kenya; Emmanuel&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Macron</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">,
President of France; Angela&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Merkel</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Chancellor of Germany; Charles&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Michel</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of the European Council; Kyriakos&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Mitsotakis</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Prime Minister of Greece;&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Moon</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">&nbsp;Jae-in,
President of the Republic of Korea; Sebasti&aacute;n&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Pi&ntilde;era</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Chile; Carlos Alvarado&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Quesada</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Costa Rica; Edi&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Rama,</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">&nbsp;Prime Minister of Albania; Cyril&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Ramaphosa</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">,
President of South Africa; Keith&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Rowley</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Prime Minister of Trinidad and Tobago;&nbsp;Mark&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Rutte</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Prime Minister of the Netherlands;&nbsp;Kais&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Saied</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Tunisia; Macky&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Sall</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">,
President of Senegal; Pedro&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">S&aacute;nchez</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Prime Minister of Spain; Erna&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Solberg</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, Prime Miniser of Norway; Aleksandar&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Vučić</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Serbia; Joko&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Widodo</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">,
President of Indonesia; Volodymyr&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Zelensky</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">, President of Ukraine Dr&nbsp;</span><strong style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">Tedros</strong><span style="background-color:transparent;text-align:inherit;text-transform:inherit;white-space:inherit;word-spacing:normal;caret-color:auto;">&nbsp;Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization.</span></p><h3>Note to media:</h3><p>Journalists are invited to attend a virtual conference this morning, Tuesday 30 March, at 10:00 CET (Geneva time), focused on the international pandemic treaty proposal, being held jointly with the<strong> </strong>President of the European Council, Mr
Charles Michel,&nbsp;and WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.</p><p><strong>Join the WHO press conference:</strong></p><p><a href="https://who-e.zoom.us/j/94949272803">https://who-e.zoom.us/j/94949272803</a></p><p><strong>Password:&nbsp;</strong>758892</p><p><strong>By phone:</strong></p><p>Webinar ID: 949 4927 2803</p><p>Numeric passcode for phone: 758892
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