WHO / WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY CLOSING

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In a consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, the World Health Assembly (WHA) agreed to kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. WHO

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DATELINE: 01 DECEMBER 2021, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND12

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1. Wide shot, World Health Assembly
2. Med shot WHA Vice-President announcing adoption of decision to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body
3. Various shots, delegates applauding
4. Tracking shot, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus walks up to podium
5. Wide shot, WHA
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"I thank you for the overwhelming support expressed by Member States for the need for a new accord on pandemic preparedness and response. I welcome the decision you have adopted today, to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, with a view to adoption under Article 19, or under other provisions of the WHO Constitution as may be deemed appropriate by the intergovernmental negotiating body."
7. Wide shot, Tedros at podium
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"The adoption of this decision is cause for celebration, and cause for hope that we all need. Of course, there is still a long road ahead. There are still differences of opinion about what a new accord could or should contain. But you have proven to each other and the world that differences can be overcome, and common ground can be found."
9. Wide shot, Tedros at podium
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"And as we work together to strengthen the architecture of global health security, I urge all Member States to confront the inescapable truth that we cannot do that without strengthening WHO. In two weeks’ time, the Working Group on Sustainable Financing will reconvene, as it prepares to deliver its final report to the Executive Board and next year’s World Health Assembly. The report includes recommendations that will improve WHO’s effectiveness, financial governance and impact. As Chancellor Merkel outlined in her remarks on Monday, increasing assessed contributions to 50 percent of the base programme budget will be a game changer."
11. Med shot, Tedros at podium
12 SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not one but many vaccines, and many other effective tools. Just in the past week, this virus has demonstrated that it will not simply disappear. How many more lives and livelihoods it takes is up to us. Ending the pandemic is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice."
13. Wide shot, Tedros at podium
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"I call on all Member States to choose to remove every barrier to scaling up vaccine production, by sharing technology and know-how, and by supporting a waiver of intellectual property rights. I call on those countries that have promised to donate vaccines to choose to make good on those promises, as urgently as possible. I call on Member States to choose to fully fund the ACT Accelerator, which needs 23.4 billion U.S. dollars over the next 12 months to get tests, treatments and vaccines to where they are needed most. I call on every Member State to choose a comprehensive, tailored, layered combination of proven public health and social measures to reduce transmission, reduce the pressure on your health systems, and save lives."
15. Various shots, WHA closing

STORYLINE:

In a consensus decision aimed at protecting the world from future infectious diseases crises, the World Health Assembly (WHA) today (1 Dec) agreed to kickstart a global process to draft and negotiate a convention, agreement or other international instrument under the Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO) to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, said the decision by the World Health Assembly was historic in nature, vital in its mission, and represented a once-in-a-generation opportunity to strengthen the global health architecture to protect and promote the well-being of all people.

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"I thank you for the overwhelming support expressed by Member States for the need for a new accord on pandemic preparedness and response. I welcome the decision you have adopted today, to establish an intergovernmental negotiating body to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, with a view to adoption under Article 19, or under other provisions of the WHO Constitution as may be deemed appropriate by the intergovernmental negotiating body."

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"The adoption of this decision is cause for celebration, and cause for hope that we all need. Of course, there is still a long road ahead. There are still differences of opinion about what a new accord could or should contain. But you have proven to each other and the world that differences can be overcome, and common ground can be found."

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"And as we work together to strengthen the architecture of global health security, I urge all Member States to confront the inescapable truth that we cannot do that without strengthening WHO. In two weeks’ time, the Working Group on Sustainable Financing will reconvene, as it prepares to deliver its final report to the Executive Board and next year’s World Health Assembly. The report includes recommendations that will improve WHO’s effectiveness, financial governance and impact. As Chancellor Merkel outlined in her remarks on Monday, increasing assessed contributions to 50 percent of the base programme budget will be a game changer."

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Two years into the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not one but many vaccines, and many other effective tools. Just in the past week, this virus has demonstrated that it will not simply disappear. How many more lives and livelihoods it takes is up to us. Ending the pandemic is not a matter of chance; it’s a matter of choice."

SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"I call on all Member States to choose to remove every barrier to scaling up vaccine production, by sharing technology and know-how, and by supporting a waiver of intellectual property rights. I call on those countries that have promised to donate vaccines to choose to make good on those promises, as urgently as possible. I call on Member States to choose to fully fund the ACT Accelerator, which needs 23.4 billion U.S. dollars over the next 12 months to get tests, treatments and vaccines to where they are needed most. I call on every Member State to choose a comprehensive, tailored, layered combination of proven public health and social measures to reduce transmission, reduce the pressure on your health systems, and save lives."

The WHA met in a Special Session, the second-ever since WHO’s founding in 1948, and adopted a sole decision titled: “The World Together.” The decision by the Assembly establishes an intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement, or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, with a view to adoption under Article 19 of the WHO Constitution, or other provisions of the Constitution as may be deemed appropriate by the INB.

Article 19 of the WHO Constitution provides the World Health Assembly with the authority to adopt conventions or agreements on any matter within WHO’s competence. The sole instrument established under Article 19 to date is the WHO Framework Convention on

Under the decision adopted today, the INB will hold its first meeting by 1 March 2022.
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