Deep Dives


Deep Dive 1D: The International Pandemic Treaty


  • Ilona Kickbusch, The founding director and chair of the Global Health Centre and the Co-Chair of a project on a pandemic treaty at the Geneva Graduate Institute


  • Dr Morseda Chowdhury, Director Health, Nutrition and Population, BRAC
  • Francesca Colombo, Head of the Health Division, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
  • Austin Liu, Independent policy analyst, Author of a policy brief on Social and Economic Response to COVID-19
  • Dr Shahra Razavi, Director of Social Protection Department, ILO
On 1 December, the special session of the World Health Assembly, acting by consensus, adopted a historic resolution to launch an intergovernmental process to develop a new global accord on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. In this Deep Dive session, we will be asking the question: “how would a pandemic treaty contribute to well-being?” The session will start with a discussion on the impact of COVID-19 on people’s and societies’ well-being. We will then reflect on the implications of a pandemic treaty for the promotion of health and well-being in public health emergencies and in pandemic preparedness and response. Finally, we will discuss specific interventions to support health promotion and well-being in the context of a pandemic and explore how the topic could be addressed in a pandemic treaty.