Despite impressive breakthroughs, the last two years of the pandemic have exacerbated pre-existing challenges to global health. The scientific and medical achievements of developing vaccines within 18 months, the launch of specific tools such as ACT-A and COVAX to support more equitable vaccine access, as well as more recent proposals to reform the global health architecture illustrate the potential contribution of international cooperation in response to this and possible future pandemics. However, COVID-19 has demonstrated the urgency of reforms to current global health architecture – the systems and policies that prioritize the allocation of resources, coordinate different actors’ initiatives and policies, incentivize innovation and collaboration, and govern the participation of different state and non-state actors.
The global health system’s failure to prevent the latest pandemic reflects the limitations of a primarily technical design and approach when confronted to a highly politicized threat. This illustrates the need to better consider the interplay between states and increasingly divided geopolitical blocs, industry, multilateral institutions, and civil society.
The Paris Peace Forum has been working on global health issues since the Covid-19 outbreak in 2020. Overall, the PPF’s added value on health issues is political rather than technical, enabling the PPF to play a supportive ‘platform’ rather than instigator role on the governance of global health.
Facilitating coordination to ramp up pandemic preparedness and the resilience of health systems, particularly in Africa.
Ensuring that the views and priorities of civil society and the Global South, as well as governance and political considerations, are captured in global discussions on the future of global health architecture.
In 2020, our teams played a key role in mobilizing over $500 million in new commitments to the ACT-Accelerator.
In 2021, we hosted two high-level roundtables in the run-up to the G7 and G20. Five priorities were identified, and recommendations were published in The Lancet.
In line with the Forum’s transformation and set up of a dedicated policy team, two global health policy workstreams were launched in 2022:
Track 1: Governance and political conditions for the optimization of early warning and response systems
Track 2: Informing the reform processes of the global health architecture
Mobilizing for Strong and Sustainable Food and Nutrition Systems in Africa
Acting Together for a Responsible Transition Minerals Sector
Children Online Protection Lab
Initiate: Digital Rights in Society
Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace
Net Zero Space