From Negotiation to Action: Strengthening Governance of and Building Financing for Pandemic Preparedness and Response

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In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the need for robust governance and sustainable financing mechanisms for pandemic preparedness and response has never been more urgent. The multilateral response has so far been underpinned by a new Pandemic Fund, hosted by the World Bank. The pandemic agreement, which could provide a multilateral framework for action to facilitate prevention, preparedness, and response to new infectious disease emergencies, is currently in the final phase of negotiations. But the difficulties of these negotiations demonstrate the complexity of the elements at stake. 

This in-person seminar will convene an array of experts to discuss the governance and financing of initiatives relating to pandemic preparedness and response. In particular, the event will focus on the roles of the European Union and the United States. 

This event is co-hosted by the Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C., the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), and the Center for Global Development (CGD).


8.30–9.00am: Welcome breakfast

9–9.15am: Institutional welcome - Angeles Moreno, Ambassador of Spain to the U.S.

9.15–9.30am: Introduction of the seminar

  • Rafael Vilasanjuan, Director for Policy and Global Development, ISGlobal 
  • Javier Guzman, Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development 

9.30–9.45am: Keynote speech: Javier Padilla, Secretary of State of Health & Cecilia Robles, Director General for the United Nations and Global Issues, Government of Spain

9.45–11.15amPanel 1: Designing effective governance structures for coordinating pandemic preparedness and response efforts: the global, regional, and national levels

11.15–11.45am: Coffee break

11.45am–1:00pm: Panel 2: Financing gaps, financing mechanisms and sustainable funding models to support pandemic preparedness: the contributions from public and private sectors

1–1.30pm: Closing remarks


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