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Options, outcomes and opportunities: Reflecting on the WHA Special Session

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World Health Assembly Open Briefing

Online Discussion, 3pm CET

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In May 2021, the 74th World Health Assembly decided to convene a Special Session from November 29 to December 1 to consider the benefits of creating a new WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response. This Special Session will be critical for the governance of future health emergencies: countries will need to reach a decision on whether to strengthen the International Health Regulations or start the negotiation process for a new and potentially more comprehensive pandemic treaty, or both. Following on the heels of this important discussion, the Global Health Centre and the United Nations Foundation will hold a briefing to review the outcomes of the session and assess the implications for governance of future pandemics.



  • John E. Lange, (Ret.) Senior Fellow, Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation
  • Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor, International Law, The Graduate Institute
  • Ambassador Grata Endah Werdaningtyas, Co-Chair of the Working Group on Pandemic Preparedness and Response; Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d'Affaires, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the UN
  • Malebogo Kebabonye, Vice-Chair, Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies; Public Health Specialist, Primary Health Care Unit, Ministry of Health and Wellness, Botswana
  • Colin McIff, Co-Chair, Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies (WGPR)
  • Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation
  • Elhadj As Sy, Co-Chair, WHO Global Preparedness Monitoring Board
  • Ilona Kickbusch, Founder and Chair of the International Advisory Board, Global Health Centre
  • Preeti Sudan, Member, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  • Priti Patnaik, Founding Editor, Geneva Health Files
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization
  • Suerie Moon, Co-Director, Global Health Centre

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