EU backs WHO for establishment of Pandemic Treaty

The Union sees the need for a global effort to address current and future health threats

Photo: EU The EU Council's Europa building in Brussels.

The Council backed on Thursday a decision to support the launch of negotiations for an international treaty on the fight against pandemics. The main governing body of the WHO, its Assembly, is expected to support the establishment of a process for a Framework Convention on Pandemic Preparedness and Response during its virtual meeting which starts on 24 May.

The proposal for an international treaty on pandemics was first announced by Charles Michel, President of the European Council, at the Paris Peace Forum last November.

The objective of the Council decision is to assure the participation of the EU in the negotiations addressing matters falling within Union competence, in view of its possible accession to the treaty.

The proposal to conclude a treaty on pandemics is discussed in the context of international efforts to reinforce global health security, in particular on preparedness and response to health emergencies, in light of lessons learnt from the pandemic.

In February this year, EU leaders underlined the need for global multilateral cooperation to address current and future health threats and agreed to work on an international treaty on pandemics within the WHO framework and to advance global health security.

The EU has an informal observer status at the WHO.


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