The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated the enormous global costs of failing to invest adequately in measures to prevent and control pandemics. Despite the very strong humanitarian and financial case for fully funding international measures against COVID-19 and other global health priorities that protect the entire world population, the international community has so far failed to crystallize the level and breadth of political commitment needed.

Meanwhile, the Ukraine war has placed large additional financial demands on Western governments. Countries are also spending heavily to cushion domestic populations against energy and food price hikes worldwide. Finding the funds to support international health interventions is inevitably harder in these circumstances.

In the run-up to the G7 summit on 26–28 June and in advance of the G20 at the end of October, this expert panel will discuss the following questions:

  • What impact has the Ukraine war had on efforts to find a long-term sustainable solution to funding key global health priorities?

  • How do finance ministries typically think about funding very difficult choices between competing priorities in circumstances such as these?

  • How far do the initiatives announced in 2022 close the funding gap?

  • What are the current prospects for finding a long-term solution to global health funding in the remainder of 2022? How can the chances of doing so be improved?

As with all Chatham House member events, questions from members drive the conversation.


By Cissar

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