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

December 3 @ 9:00 am - 10:15 am EST

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

December 3, 2021


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
  • Suerie Moon, Co-Director, Global Health Centre
  • Kate Dodson, Vice President for Global Health Strategy, United Nations Foundation
  • Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor, International Law, The Graduate Institute
  • Colin McIff, Co-Chair, Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies (WGPR)
  • Preeti Sudan, Member, Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response
  • Moderator: Priti Patnaik, Founding Editor, Geneva Health Files

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December 3
9:00 am - 10:15 am EST
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Global Health Centre, Graduate Institute, Geneva