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Civil society organisations are invited to a consultation to be held on 20 April 2021, by responding to three key questions set out below which will guide each of the three sessions.
The Commission and the Italian G20 Presidency will host the consultation in three plenary consecutive sessions. Each question will be introduced together with the relevant principles of the Rome Declaration, accompanied by a scientific commentary based on the work of the Scientific Panel set up by the Commission and the Italian G20 Presidency, as well as by commentary of a CSO organisation. The priorities, issues and recommendations from representatives of civil society organisations will be collected to inform and feed into the high level Principles.
- What is required at global, regional and national levels to ensure effective multilateral, multi-sectoral co-operation to prevent, prepare for and respond to global health crises?
- What is needed to secure in a sustainable way countries’ public health capacities and health systems’ preparedness and resilience in the face of future global health crises?
- How can the necessary resources, both domestic and global, be mobilised to address the challenges of sustainable health security preparedness and response at global, regional and country levels?
A meeting report, outlining the main action points emerging from the three sessions, will be provided by the Commission and the Italian G20 Presidency, to the Global Health Summit Delegations as input to the drafting of the Declaration.
The event will be live streamed.
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced in her State of the Union speech in September 2020, the initiative to convene a Global Health Summit together with the Italian G20 Presidency. The Summit, organised in the framework of the Italian G20 Presidency at heads of state and government level, is planned to take place in Rome on 21 May 2021.
The event will bring together Leaders of G20 economies and guest countries, representatives of relevant UN agencies, regional organisations, international financing institutions, and global health actors.
The Global Health Summit provides an opportunity for G20 and other Leaders, international and regional organisation heads, and representatives of global health bodies, to share lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, and develop and endorse a ‘Rome Declaration’ of Principles.
Rome Declaration of Principles
Principles can be a powerful guide for medium to long-term structural change through multilateral/international cooperation and joint action preventing future global health crises, and can serve as a joint commitment to build a healthier, safer, more equitable and sustainable world.
These Principles will be developed by summit participants in the run-up to Summit, and will be informed by science and the views of civil society. The Principles will articulate with, provide a framework for, and support existing structures (including the International Health Regulations, IHR) and ongoing work and activity in the same domain. This includes the G7, G20, WHO World Health Assembly and the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR), the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board, the work of the G20 High Level Independent Panel on Financing the Global Commons for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (HLIP), and others. The definition of these Principles will also take into account other initiatives and proposals, such as the Treaty on Pandemics.
An effective system to reduce the severity and incidence of global health events and threats depends on our ability to prevent them, or to rapidly detect their emergence and control their spread. As such, principles guiding the achievement of such a system may relate to the need for commitments to co-operation, data sharing, transparency, fair and equitable sharing of tools, and solidarity; to the importance of One Health and health-in-all-policies and multisectoral approaches, and evidence informed policy design and implementation by a broad range of stakeholders at various governance levels; and the acknowledgement that adequate and sustained financing remains more cost-effective than ad hoc responsiveness.