According to the leaders, the proposed treaty is crucial to build a more robust global health architecture that will protect future generations.
“There will be other pandemics and other major health emergencies. No single government or multilateral agency can address this threat alone," said the leaders in a commentary published on Tuesday.
"The question is not if, but when. Together, we must be better prepared to predict, prevent, detect, assess and effectively respond to pandemics in a highly coordinated fashion. The covid-19 pandemic has been a stark and painful reminder that nobody is safe until everyone is safe," they stated.
Accorrding to the article, the main goal of a new international treaty for pandemic preparedness and response would be to foster a comprehensive, multi-sectoral approach to strengthen national, regional and global capacities and resilience to future pandemics.
The commentary has been signed leaders of Fiji, Thailand, Portugal, Italy, Romania, the United Kingdom, Rwanda, Kenya, France, Germany, the European Council, Greece, South Korea, Chile, Costa Rica, Albania, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherlands, Tunisia, Senegal, Spain, Norway, Serbia, Indonesia, Ukraine, and the World Health Organization.