24 November 2021: Launch of G2H2 report “The politics of a WHO pandemic treaty in a disenchanted world”

The report (PDF): The Politics of a WHO Pandemic Treaty
Report website: The Politics of a WHO Pandemic Treaty
Zoom recording of the meeting: here
Moderation slides with presentation of the report: Geneva slides final

The report

After almost two years of battling an unprecedented health emergency, the world continues to be confronted with new waves of the COVID-19 pandemic and the global South finds itself in the grip of a new form of systemic inequality enshrined in the patently flawed vaccine distribution strategy. At an upcoming Special Session of the World Health Assembly, the World Health Organization and its member states are undertaking an effort to agree on negotiating a new international legal instrument for pandemic preparedness and response.

But does the world need a new “pandemic treaty”? Is it the right thing, at the right time? The Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) has unpacked these pertinent questions through research undertaken involving a broad range of experts including those who have concretely tackled the COVID-19 response in their countries. G2H2 has mapped the complexity of this treaty proposal and its potential implications for the future scenario of global health governance. 

The resulting report launched by G2H2 on 24 November addresses the need for new approaches to the challenge of a pandemic future. In the wake of the harsh but real lessons that COVID-19 continues to administer, it focuses on some of the pathogenetic political and economic structures that must be recognized if the international community is serious about restoring democratic multilateralism and giving the world and the people a proper chance to better deal with future health emergencies and crises.

Launch of the G2H2 report: Wednesday, 24 November 2021

  • Welcome
  • Presentation of the G2H2 report
    Remco van de Pas, Institute for Tropical Medicine Antwerp, research team, co-author of the report
    Priti Patnaik, Editor Geneva Health Files, Geneva, research team, co-author of the report
    Nicoletta Dentico, Society for International Development, project team, co-author of the report
  • Invited respondents
    Suerie Moon, Global Health Centre, The Graduate Institute
    Carlos María Correa, The South Centre
  • The politics of a WHO pandemic treaty in a disenchanted world
    Discussion moderated by Elaine Ruth Fletcher, Health Policy Watch
Updates and promotion
G2H2 media release, 30 November 2021:
“Civil society report raises concerns about proposed Pandemic Treaty”
Contacts for enquiries

The G2H2 research and advocacy project on the WHO pandemic treaty that includes the publication of this report was sponsored by the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung (RLS) with funds of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development of the Federal Republic of Germany. This report or parts of it can be used by others for free as long as they provide a proper reference to the original publication. The content of the publication is the sole responsibility of the Geneva Global Health Hub and does not necessarily reflect the position of RLS.