Council Decision (EU) 2021/1101 on the position to be taken on behalf of the European Union in the seventy-fourth session of the World Health Assembly

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Publication Date 06/07/2021
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Decision (EU) 2021/1101 - adopted by the Council of the European Union during a meeting on 20 May 2021 - on the EU's position in the 74th session of the World Health Assembly.

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This position comprises the support to the launch of negotiations for an international treaty on the fight against pandemics. The objective of this Council Decision is to ensure the participation of the European Union (EU) in the talks addressing matters falling within its competence, in view of the EU's possible accession to the treaty.

The proposal for an international treaty on pandemics emerged publicly in November 2020. The World Health Organisation's (WHO) World Health Assembly was scheduled to discuss the establishment of a process for a Framework Convention on Pandemic Preparedness and Response on 24 May 2021.

The Decision was published in the Official Journal on 6 July 2021.

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General Secretariat of the Council: Policies: An international treaty on pandemic prevention and preparedness
European Council: Press Release, 30/03/2021: "COVID-19 shows why united action is needed for more robust international health architecture" - Op-ed article by President Charles Michel, WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and more than 20 world leaders
World Health Organisation: News, 30/03/2021: Global leaders unite in urgent call for international pandemic treaty
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UN WHO: Director-General’s closing remarks at the World Health Assembly - 31 May 2021
UN: News, 31/05/2021: COVID danger has not passed, States must support pandemic treaty: Tedros

ESO Records
Press release by President Charles Michel on an international Treaty on Pandemics (3 December 2021)

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