Regional Meeting on the Intergovernmental Negotiation Body (INB). 14 March 2023

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At an extraordinary meeting of the World Health Assembly (WHA) in December 2021, Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) agreed to establish an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) to draft and negotiate a new convention, agreement, or other international health instrument to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. This instrument is expected to be submitted for approval by the WHO Member States at the WHA in 2024.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened a regional meeting in Washington, D.C. on 14 March 2023 on the preliminary draft of the instrument (referred to as the WHO CA+). During the meeting, PAHO briefed representatives from ministries of health and foreign affairs in the Americas on the latest deliberations of the INB. The meeting is part of a wider commitment from PAHO to promote understanding about the future instrument and further enable Member States from the Americas to actively participate in the negotiations and dialogues of this Member State-led process.