GPMB Statements

2021 Statements
The GPMB Co-Chairs addressed the 148th Executive Board on 19 January 2021. They presented the findings and recommendations from the latest GPMB report A World in Disorder.
2020 Statements
GPMB Co-Chairs Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland and Mr. Elhadj As Sy briefed the G20 Finance and Health Ministers on the findings and recommendations from the GPMB’s second annual report, A World In Disorder.
COVID-19 has taken advantage of a world in disorder, causing catastrophic health, social, and economic consequences and irreparable harm to humanity. This will not be the last global health emergency. The world simply cannot afford to be unprepared again, warns the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board in its second report ‘A World in Disorder.’
As co-chairs of the international body mandated to strengthen global health security through stringent independent monitoring of preparedness to tackle outbreaks, pandemics, and other health emergencies, we recognize that global threats require global solutions. The COVID-19 pandemic has clearly demonstrated that we are only as strong as our weakest link. The only way out of this devastating crisis is along the path of global solidarity and collective action, which demands a strong and effective multilateral system.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board congratulates Gavi and the government of the United Kingdom for an extremely successful replenishment. Not only will the funds collected continue to provide immunization to millions worldwide and contribute to strengthening health systems, they will be crucial to support the deployment of vaccines against COVID-19 once they are developed.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board warmly welcomes today’s launch of the Access to COVID-19 Tools Accelerator, a global collaboration mechanism to accelerate development, production and deployment of safe and effective technologies to prevent, diagnose and treat COVID19. This initiative of WHO, the United Nations, heads of state and government, international and regional organizations, research organizations, manufacturers and funders, has the potential to transform the pandemic response, making new vaccines, treatments and diagnostic tests rapidly accessible to everyone, everywhere.
The GPMB welcomes the initiative taken by G20 Leaders and their statement on 26 March on COVID-19, particularly their commitment to fill existing financial gaps in the response. The Board is pleased to see the commitment of G20 leaders to develop a concrete and collective plan of action that places the health and wellbeing of people and communities at the center, but recognizes that there is still an urgent need for more collective action.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board is calling for the immediate injection of at least $8 billion in new funding to bolster the global COVID-19 response.
The GPMB warmly welcomes the announcement from the World Bank on 3 March 2020 to commit up to $12 billion of support for the COVID-19 country response, which will help strengthen the preparedness and response capacities of countries with the weakest health systems. The IMF’s $50 billion coronavirus package announced on 4 March 2020 will be key to supporting economies. But there remain significant urgent gaps that this money does not address.
The Global Preparedness Monitoring Board convened on 27 January 2020 to discuss the current outbreak of 2019-nCoV which was first detected in Wuhan, China and is now quickly spreading internationally. The Board commends the speed of the response so far, the transparency of China in sharing information and the genome sequence of the virus, and the strong collaboration between China and affected countries and with WHO. The Board however is concerned that many countries remain unprepared and urges leaders in all countries to take immediate action to ensure that they have the necessary capacities in place.



2018 Statements