Second round of public hearings in relation to a new international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response
During a Special Session of the World Health Assembly held in December 2021, WHO Member States agreed to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.
The Health Assembly asked that the WHO Secretariat support the work of the INB, including by holding public hearings.
The first round of the public hearings was held on 12-13 April 2022. The second round will be held on 29-30 September 2022.
For the second round of public hearings, interested parties were invited to submit a video statement between 9 and 16 September. The request was for videos of no more than 90 seconds, in response to the question:
“Based on your experience with the COVID-19 pandemic, what do you believe should be addressed at the international level to better protect against future pandemics?”.
Two compilations of the video statements will be broadcast from the WHO website. One will air on 29 September and the other on 30 September.
29 September: 09:00-12:00 CET
30 September: 18:00-21:00 CET
Introductory and concluding remarks will be made by the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, and the Co-Chairs of the INB, Ms Precious Matsoso of South Africa and Mr Roland Driece of the Netherlands.