“We believe that nations should work together towards a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response,” the statement reads.
“Such a renewed collective commitment would be a milestone in stepping up pandemic preparedness at the highest political level.
“It would be rooted in the constitution of the World Health Organisation, drawing in other relevant organisations key to this endeavour, in support of the principle of health for all.”
The treaty announcement comes amid growing tensions over vaccine supplies which have created international divides.
The new global settlement will act on a similar basis to the one created in the wake of the Second World War in which political leaders came together to address future challenges.
The planned treaty is preparing a holistic approach that “connects the health of humans, animals and our planet” with a shared degree of mutual accountability between nations.
The treaty will be underpinned by the International Health Regulations and other existing global health frameworks to ensure “a firm and tested foundation on which we can build and improve.”
The statement continues: “There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies.
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The statement concludes: “Our solidarity in ensuring that the world is better prepared will be our legacy that protects our children and grandchildren and minimises the impact of future pandemics on our economies and our societies.
“Pandemic preparedness needs global leadership for a global health system fit for this millennium.
“To make this commitment a reality, we must be guided by solidarity, fairness, transparency, inclusiveness and equity.”