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Global Pandemics and Global Public Health

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Auditorium A1B | Maison de la Paix

Public Consultation on the ICM Discussion Paper: “Global Pandemics and Global Public Health”.

 The Independent Commission on Multilateralism (ICM), in cooperation with the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva is pleased to invite you to a Public Consultation on the ICM Discussion Paper: “Global Pandemics and Global Public Health”. This Public Consultation provides a platform for member states, civil society, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia, and the United Nations to comment on the Discussion Paper’s recommendations and exchange perspectives on the larger challenges at hand.

The global health architecture is increasingly under strain. The Ebola crisis, in particular, revealed serious flaws in the capability of the system to prevent and respond to these crises. As the links between health, development, and security challenges become ever clearer, the multilateral system anchored in the United Nations must address these issues, and the institutional silos that often impede sound policy-making, with renewed focus.

The World Health Organization remains the right organization to coordinate international policies and action in the area of global public health. That said, the organization’s structure and operational capacity need to be strengthened and bolstered by existing and new partnerships, including with regional organizations, NGOs, and the private sector.

The multilateral system should support the development of inclusive and inter-sectoral national health policies and systems, as well as assist states in implementing the International Health Regulations. The 2030 Agenda provides an opportunity for such a structured and comprehensive approach. More than half of the seventeen SDGs relate to health, either directly or indirectly. Goal 3, in particular, is essential to sustainable development. This paper makes a series of recommendations aimed at the UN system at large and member states more specifically. We welcome and encourage your views.


  • Prof. Dr. Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre and Adjunct Professor, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies

  • H.E. Ms. María Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Ecuador to the United Nations in Geneva

  • Ms. Katherine Deland, Chief of Staff, Ebola Response World Health Organization

  • Dr. Stefan Germann, Senior Director, Partnerships, Innovation and Accountability, World Vision International

  • Mr. Omar El Okdah, Senior Policy Analyst, International Peace Institute

H.E. Ms. Barbara Gibson, Deputy Secretary-General, Independent Commission on Multilateralism

Following brief remarks by the discussants, this event will open for your comments. Feedback received through this Public Consultation will serve as input to the ICM's ongoing work in this area. We value your views and recommendations. A link to the paper, executive summary, and comments section can be found here.