World leaders call for international pandemic treaty

Komal FatimaWeb Editor

30th Mar, 2021. 10:48 am
World leaders call for international coronavirus pandemic treaty

More than 20 world leaders, including UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been called for a new global treaty to help the world fight against future pandemics.

As per the details, leaders including France’s President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have said in an article that posed the biggest challenge since World War Two.

Another pandemic or health crisis is a matter of “not if, but when”, they say.

They also said that the pandemic has shown that “nobody is safe until everyone is safe”.

Twenty-four leaders made arguments in the Daily Telegraph and publications such as Le Monde in France. Leaders argue that a treaty similar to that reached in the wake of World War Two is needed to build cross-border cooperation.

The signatories include World Health Organization head Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. They said, “At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system.

“The aims were clear: To bring countries together, to dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in the spirit of solidarity and co-operation – namely peace, prosperity, health, and security.”

The leaders also say that countries must now “be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion”.

They assured that the new treaty would help to develop better systems for alerting people regarding the pandemic while improving sharing of data, vaccines, and protective equipment too.

“There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone. The question is not if, but when.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe.”

The letter also mentioned, “At a time when Covid-19 has exploited our weaknesses and divisions, we must seize this opportunity and come together as a global community for peaceful co-operation that extends beyond this crisis.”

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