On October 1st, the Minister of Medical Care and Sports for the Netherlands H. E. Van Ark represented the GHSA at the United Nations General Assembly side event “Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience through a whole-of-society approach: Breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle”. This side event was hosted by the WHO, and a prime example of support for multilateralism and solidarity.

As the Chair of the GHSA, Minister Van Ark stated that whatever the world did to prepare itself against pandemics, it had not been enough. The world needs to double down on its ambitions, and efforts, to ensure everyone will be better protected against infectious diseases.

The session was closed by Dr. Mike Ryan, Director of the Health Emergency Program, who quoted American President Abraham Lincoln, in the context of preparedness. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree, and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

As GHSA, we intend to play our role in securing the world from infectious diseases, by sharing, and building new, best practices.

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