Pandemic Preparedness and Response: Implications for Global Health Governance

Wednesday 4 May 09.30

Room A

In English and in French

Over two years after the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and the great effects it had on the world, it is apparent that both successes and failures in preparing and responding to the pandemic have created conditions in global health governance that require careful reflection and introspection.

Global health actors can look back at the previous two years and see the massive toll of the pandemic, the elevation of global health into “high politics”, the creation and functioning of mechanisms and entities, the global and local responses on all levels from the medical to the political, the unequal distribution of medical technologies and capabilities, and the ongoing process of negotiating a pandemic legal instrument (treaty).

COVID-19 is unlikely to be the last pandemic or large-scale health crisis to be faced by the global community. 

This panel will discuss the implications of COVID-19 on global health governance if the global health system is to be better prepared for the next pandemic or major global health crisis.


Suerie Moon
Graduate Institute


Seth Berkley
Xavier Castellanos
International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Marijke Wijnroks
Global Fund