Press release from Prime Minister's Office

Prime Minister Stefan Löfven in WHO meeting on strengthening global health efforts

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Prime Minister Stefan Löfven participated in a round-table discussion on Tuesday with the Independent Panel for Pandemic Preparedness and Response (IPPPR).

“I expressed Sweden’s strong support for multilateral cooperation, the UN and above all the WHO in the coordination of global health efforts. We need to give the UN and the WHO a stronger mandate so that we can be better prepared for future crises. Sweden welcomes an international pandemic treaty that builds on the International Health Regulations (IHR),” says Mr Löfven.

The IPPPR had invited a number of heads of state and government to provide some insight into its upcoming final report on how the WHO has coordinated global efforts during the pandemic and how the international system for health security can be improved in order to be better prepared for future crises.

The report will be presented at the end of the month.

IPPPR Co-Chairs Helen Clark and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf led the discussion. In addition to Mr Löfven, heads of state and government from New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Ethiopia and Rwanda, as well as Spain’s foreign minister, also participated.