Global Health Centre

Deep Dive on a Pandemic Treaty

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10th Global Conference on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity, and Sustainable Development


Online Event, 2pm CET

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On 1 December, the special session of the World Health Assembly, acting by consensus, adopted a historic resolution to launch an intergovernmental process to develop a new global accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. As countries are preparing for negotiations of a new instrument, the Global Health Centre has offered a series of regional and stakeholder seminars and deep dives to help shape discussions and support governments and other actors with knowledge and evidence in the process. These meetings are part of a broader project exploring the options and benefits of a pandemic treaty, which includes also, inter alia, a series of policy papers by lead experts. One such policy paper deals with the topic of “Social and economic response to COVID-19: implications for a future pandemic response framework”. The publication will be shared with participants in the deep dive session and will constitute the backdrop for the discussion.

The event will start with a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on people’s and societies’ well-being. We will then reflect on the implications of a pandemic treaty for the promotion of health and well-being in public health emergencies and in pandemic preparedness and response. Finally, we will discuss specific interventions to support health promotion and well-being in the context of a pandemic and explore how the topic could be addressed in a pandemic treaty.



  • Shahra Razavi, Director of Social Protection Department, ILO
  • Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
  • Ines Rodriguez, Global Lead for Social Protection Delivery System, the World Bank
  • Morseda Chowdhury, Director, Health, Nutrition and Population, BRAC
  • Austin Liu, Independent policy analyst; Author of the policy paper on Social and Economic Response to COVID-19
  • Moderator: Ilona Kickbusch, Founding Director and Chair, Global Health Centre


This discussion is part of the 10th Global Conference on Health Promotion for Well-being, Equity, and Sustainable Development.


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