Global leaders call for treaty to combat future pandemics

London, March 30

UK PM Boris Johnson on Tuesday joined other world leaders to call for a new international treaty to help the world prepare for and fight future pandemics collectively.

In an article published across Europe, leaders including German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron said Covid-19 posed the biggest challenge since the world wars and had shown how “nobody is safe until everyone is safe”.

The ‘Daily Telegraph’ article, also published in ‘Le Monde’ in France and ‘El Pais’ in Spain, notes that such a new global treaty similar to that reached in the wake of World War II is needed to build cross-border cooperation. In total, 24 leaders have affirmed the article, including WHO head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

“At that time, following the devastation of two world wars, political leaders came together to forge the multilateral system,” it reads. “The aims were clear: To bring countries together, to dispel the temptations of isolationism and nationalism, and to address the challenges that could only be achieved together in the spirit of solidarity and cooperation – namely peace, prosperity, health and security.” The leaders said in the same spirit, countries must now “be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion”.

The treaty would help to establish better systems for alerting people about potential pandemics, they said.