Second targeted informal consultation on a new international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response: operationalizing and achieving equity

At its second meeting, the Intergovernmental negotiating body responsible for drafting and negotiating a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response (INB) decided that the Bureau of the INB would conduct targeted informal consultations (CFI) with experts, open to all WHO Member States and relevant stakeholders, on selected key issues.

All IFCs will be fully virtual, with interpretation in all official WHO languages. Each will be chaired by a Co-chairman of the BNI Bureau and will consist of two parts:

  1. an interactive and moderated round table between independent experts during which the moderator will ask questions and stimulate the contribution and dialogue between the experts; and
  2. a discussion and reflection session, for Member States and relevant stakeholders, where questions and thoughts can be sent by email or via the meeting’s chat function.

Four IFCs are programmed. The second will focus on operationalizing and achieving equity.

Time and date: 12:00-15:00, October 5, 2022.

Topics to cover

  • Access to pandemic response commodities and delivery/distribution
  • Access and benefit-sharing, including genetic sequence data
  • Health systems strengthening, including the importance of universal health coverage and primary health care

Chairs: Mrs. Precious Matsoso, Co-President of the INB Bureau and Mr. Roland Driece, Co-President of the INB Bureau

Moderator: Ms Emma Ross, Senior Research Fellow, Chatham House, Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Participating experts


  • Ayoade Olatunbosun-AlakijaCo-Chair, African Alliance for Vaccine Delivery
  • Didier HoussinPresident, Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris International and former President, Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Network Advisory Group, and President, IHR Emergency Committee for COVID-19
  • Rajinder Kumar SuriCEO, Developing Countries Vaccine Manufacturers Network (DCVMN)
  • Patricia Garciaformer Minister of Health, Professor and former Dean of the School of Public Health at Cayetano Heredia University
  • Mohga Kamal-YanniSenior Health Advisor, People Vaccine Alliance
  • Yuanqiong HuSenior Legal and Policy Advisor, MSF Access Campaign

WHO Secretariat

  • Ahmed Al MandhariRegional Director, WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean

Further information

Given the informal nature of IFCs and the goal of stimulating full and frank discussion, the following provisions will apply to all IFC sessions:

  • discussions at IFC sessions, including among participating experts, will in no way prejudge the positions of Member States or any other participants in the sessions;
  • no comments or questions presented by Session participants, including Member States, during the CFI shall imply a view or position of Member States or other Session participants; and
  • expert presentations will be provided solely for consideration by Member States and will not themselves be sources of input to the Conceptual Draft.
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