Ahead of this year’s G20 Leaders’ Summit, over 50 global, regional, national, and local organizations are calling on leaders to put forward actions that ensure everyone has the tools to curb COVID-19 and prevent future pandemics. As health crises continue to set development progress back, impact our economies, and undermine the world’s ability to tackle other global challenges, joint and coordinated measures, policies, and investments remain urgent and necessary.
While Indonesia’s G20 Presidency has advanced key agreements and proposals on PPR — such as the new Financial Intermediary Fund for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (known as the Pandemic Fund) — there are further opportunities within reach for breaking the cycle of “panic and neglect” on pandemics. The Annual Meetings provide a critical opportunity to reassert leadership, deliver finance at scale, and kick-start the package of measures needed to pandemic-proof our world.
Specifically, the group of organizations call on G20 Leaders to:
- Deliver finance at scale for low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
- Channel US$100 billion in special drawing rights (SDRs) to the IMF’s Resilience and Sustainability Trust (RST).
- Release a roadmap to unlock new lending from multilateral development banks (MDBs).
- Invest in pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response — with equity at its heart.
- Meet the Pandemic Fund’s US$10.5 billion target and advance a sustainable funding plan.
- Fund the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) 2.0, FIND — the global alliance for diagnostics — and public health institutes.
- Fund and support the Global Fund, Gavi, and other organizations also crucial to PPR.
- Prevent and prepare for the next pandemic by fixing gaps in the system and in policies.
- Endorse the creation of a high-level body to tackle global health threats and advance its set up through the UN High-Level Meeting for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response in 2023.
- Ensure equitable access to pandemic countermeasures and initiate a process to address this gap now and for the future.
- Reinforce the importance of a One Health approach.
Outbreaks can be prevented, and new pathogens can be contained — but ongoing pandemics are a political choice. Decisive leadership can deliver a path to health security for people worldwide, where most outbreaks can be prevented, and new pathogens can be contained. We already know the solutions and investments required. Against the consequences and harm of pandemics, their cost is not only modest but is also much less considering the human, economic, and health dividends they reap.