The European Council President Charles Michel has commended Zambia for supporting the decision of the 74th session of the World Health Assembly to develop a World Health Organisation (WHO) convention agreement on pandemic preparedness and response.
In his congratulatory message to His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia, the European Council President is confident that Zambia and the international community will use the upcoming Special Session of the Health Assembly in November this year as an opportunity to take bold and decisive actions at global level to address health threats and prevent future pandemics.
Mr. Michel looks forward to the European Council and Zambia working together in addressing any outstanding issues, in order to pave way for the commencement of intergovernmental negotiations for a legally-binding international treaty rooted firmly in the WHO constitution to reform the global health architecture.
“I take this opportunity to thank you for your country’s support on the decision of the Assembly to prioritise the assessment of the benefits of developing a WHO convention agreement or other international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response, also known as a Treaty on pandemics, ” said Mr. Michel.
This is according to a statement issued by Special Assistant to the President Press and Public Relations Mr. Isaac Chipampe in Lusaka.
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