Financing Pandemic Preparedness: The Urgency for Collective Action
  • When September 19, 2023
  • Time 17:45 - 19:00 (New York)
  • Where New York, United States of America
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Taking place on the eve of the High-Level Meeting on Pandemic Preparedness, Prevention and Response (HLM on PPPR), this event will mark the Fund’s achievements in its first year, while underscoring the need to maintain the momentum and the urgency to scale up pandemic PPR investments in low- and middle-income countries.

Partnerships and collective action are critical in making the world safer from future health threats. Speakers will discuss opportunities to do things differently. Furthermore, the event will showcase some of the projects that have been selected for funding by the Pandemic Fund under the first Call for Proposals, highlighting how grants from the Pandemic Fund are helping to catalyze long-term, predictable funding that is coordinated across organizations with similar goals and to strengthen much-needed capacity at country, regional and global levels.  

Join us as we bring together leaders in global health and ministers of health and finance; high-level representatives from philanthropies and foundations, Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), UN agencies and global health institutions; and representatives from the private sector.

The Pandemic Fund is hosting this high-level event in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.


00:00 Welcome by Priya Basu, Executive Head, the Pandemic Fund Secretariat, World Bank

01:20 Remarks by Ajay Banga, President of the World Bank

05:47 Remarks by Janet Yellen, United States Secretary of the Treasury

13:45 Remarks by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General, WHO

18:25 Ministerial roundtable

  • Ala Nemerenco | Minister of Health, Moldova 
  • Nisia Trindade | Minister of Health, Brazil
  • Lyonpo Dechen Wangmo | Minister of Health, Bhutan 

36:01 Remarks by Erica Gerretsen, Director of Human Development, Migration, Governance & Peace, DG International Partnerships, EU Commission

40:20 Panel discussion: Leveraging partnerships to strengthen pandemic preparedness and response

  • Sabin Nsanzimana | Minister of Health, Rwanda & Co-Chair of the Pandemic Fund Governing Board 
  • Frank Anthony | Minister of Health, Guyana 
  • Svenja Schulze | Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany 
  • Budi Gunadi Sadikin | Minister of Health Indonesia
  • Joy Phumaphi | Former Minister of Health of Botswana & Co-Chair of the Global Preparedness Monitoring Board

1:07:33 Interventions from the floor

  • Chrysoula Zacharopoulou | Minister of State for Development, Francophonie and International Partnerships
  • Zahid Maleque | Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh
  • HJamoliddin Abdullozoda | Minister of Health and Social Protection of Population, Tajikistan 
  • Beth Dunford | Vice President of Agriculture, Human and Social Development, African Development Bank
  • Danny Alexander | Vice President for Policy and Strategy, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank 
  • Elisha Dunn-Georgiou | President & CEO, Global Health Council & The Pandemic Fund Board Member

1:25:35 Closing remarks by Priya Basu, Executive Head of the Pandemic Fund Secretariat, World Bank