Despite our differences, the G20 member states have come together to speak the same language – the language of humanity above all, the language of health that knows no border
Jakarta (ANTARA) – Indonesian Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin closed the G20 Second Health Ministerial Meeting with six key actions being delivered by the meeting for the upcoming summit.
“Despite our differences, the G20 member states have come together to speak the same language – the language of humanity above all, the language of health that knows no border,” Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin stated at the meeting held in Bali, as quoted from the Health Ministry here on Friday.
The meeting is the culmination of G20 discussions about improving the global health architecture and strengthening pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.
The meeting produced a technical document to be submitted for consideration during the G20 Leaders’ Summit in mid-November. Six key actions will be carried forward from the technical document.
The six actions include the Health Track that has led to the design and launch of the Pandemic Fund. G20 members will continue and deepen the work envisioned for the Joint Finance and Health Task Force (JFHTF) and call on all G20 countries to build on the major concrete achievement of the Pandemic Fund – earlier known as the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response.
The second, following the completion of the ACT-A evaluation, G20 countries should continue to lead the shaping of successor entities and functions to ensure the readiness of mechanism to respond to future pandemics.
The third action was that the G20 member states have brought progress on genomic surveillance, which should pave the way for continued attention and progress as a crucial part of pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response.
Furthermore, the fourth action highlights the need for further global collaboration to build on the successes of existing travel certificate systems while moving towards interoperability of these systems.
The fifth action emphasizes the need for conducting a gap analysis and mapping of existing and emerging research and manufacturing networks that should be taken forward by the next Indian presidency of the G20.
In the meantime, the last action is concrete actions emerge from the side events of the G20 Health agenda, with a call to action to increase funding to combat Tuberculosis; a commitment to implement the One Health initiative; and a call to action to enhance improvements in capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to AMR.