SouthViews No. 218, 19 May 2021
The Proposed Pandemic Treaty and the Challenge of the South for a Robust Diplomacy
By Obijiofor Aginam
The motivation for a pandemic treaty is infallible because of the ‘globalization of public health’ in a rapidly evolving interdependence of nations, societies, and peoples. Notwithstanding the lofty purposes of the proposed pandemic treaty as a tool for effective cooperation by member-states of the WHO to address emerging and re-emerging disease pandemics in an inter-dependent world, the proposal nonetheless raises some structural and procedural conundrums for the Global South. The negotiation of a pandemic treaty should, as a matter of necessity, take into account the asymmetries of World Health Organization member-states and the interests of the Global South.
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This article was tagged: Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS), COVID-19, Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), Global South, Globalization, Health, Human Rights, Infectious Diseases, Innovation, Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), International Health Regulations (IHR), Nagoya Protocol, Pandemic, Pandemic Treaty, Public Health, Research and Development (R&D), Sustainable Development, Trade, Vaccines, World Health Organization (WHO), World Trade Organization (WTO)