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United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response

Statement by the International Development Law Organization (IDLO)

Wednesday, 20 September 2023
New York
United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response with the overall theme of “Making the world safer: Creating and maintaining political momentum and solidarity for Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response”
Multistakeholder panel 1: “Ensuring equity through governance and accountability for PPPR by utilizing multi-sectoral coordination at all levels”


It is my pleasure to address you today on behalf of the International Development Law Organization, the only intergovernmental organization dedicated to advancing peace and sustainable development through the rule of law.

Four decades of experience has shown that trusted and inclusive institutions, good governance and accountability are the preconditions for peace, economic prosperity and people's well-being, including in matters of health.

IDLO therefore fully supports the call of the Political Declaration to address health inequalities and emphasize social justice.

We work at the intersection of public health, development and the rule of law to help partners strengthen their public health systems. From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have partnered with WHO to assist low and middle-income countries in improving their ability to prepare and respond to public health emergencies.

Rule of law can guide governments to act quickly and decisively during times of crises while protecting the rights of the population, including the most vulnerable.

Today, IDLO launched an issue brief "Preventing Pandemics through the Rule of Law."

Drawing from our knowledge, the brief provides a set of recommendations for creating an equitable legal environment to fairly address health emergencies, including pandemics.

Allow me to share four key actions that governments can take:

  • Create strong legal and policy frameworks grounded in the rule of law;
  • Enhance local capacities to develop, implement, and oversee effective legal instruments for public health emergencies;
  • Foster inclusive decision-making by engaging all society members, including marginalized groups; and
  • Integrate human rights principles into emergency procedures, addressing inequalities and ensuring access to justice in crises.

At IDLO, we firmly believe that a multistakeholder approach is the only path to confront current global challenges, including providing adequate healthcare for all.

We are committed to enhancing existing partnerships and forging new ones to assist nations in safeguarding their citizens and upholding the rights of all.