International Development Law Organization

Pandemic Preparedness and Response Project

Sound legal and policy frameworks are key enablers in ensuring effective prevention, detection, and response to Public Health Emergencies of International Concern and other public health risks. The International Health Regulations, developed in 2005, is a legally binding instrument requiring States to develop core capacities for rapid detection of and response to public health emergencies such as COVID-19.

Statement by the Director-General, Jan Beagle, at the World Leadership Dialogue on Public Health, Law and the 2030 Agenda of the 16th World Congress on Public Health

I am pleased to welcome you to this World Leadership Dialogue, which is organised by IDLO, the World Health Organization, and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University.

My name is Jan Beagle, and I am the Director-General of the International Development Law Organization.

Strengthening Food Security in Honduras and Uganda

The COVID-19 pandemic poses a significant threat to the right to food for populations, and especially for marginalized groups. In many countries, COVID-19 is intertwining with pre-existing factors affecting food security and nutrition, by limiting the access to affordable and nutritious food, including lack of economic opportunities, extreme weather conditions, ongoing conflicts and more.

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