The Global Health Crises Task Force was established by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for a period of one year, beginning on 1 July 2016.
The Global Health Crises Task Force was established by the Secretary-General to support and monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises, issued in its report on “Protecting humanity from future health crises” (A/70/723). The Task Force will ensure that the implementation of the Panel’s recommendations is aligned with the observations of the Secretary-General as set out in his report on “Strengthening the global health architecture” (A/70/824).
The Task Force will also catalyse action on the Panel’s recommendations, enhance the preparedness of the UN system, maintain the profile of global health issues, and make substantive contributions to strengthening the global capability for responding to health emergencies.
Ways of working
The Task Force focuses on what is needed for effective action on health crises. It highlights recommendations that are not being implemented fully, identifies bottlenecks to implementation, and proposes ways in which progress on recommendations can be supported. It can also support “tabletop” simulations and other mechanisms to assess the preparedness of the UN system to address health emergencies.
The Task Force meets on a quarterly basis and provides quarterly reports to the Secretary-General on the progress of the Panel’s recommendations. It will also bring to his attention issues relating to emerging health crises and to gaps or weaknesses in the global health architecture.
Read the workplan of the Task Force.
The Task Force has identified nine priority areas that it will monitor over the course of 2016-17:
- Strategic support for national health systems to prevent global health crises
- Integrating communities in efforts to prevent global health crises
- Supporting regional arrangements to prevent and respond to health crises
- Strengthening UN system capacity during health emergencies
- Testing capacities and processes for global health crises response through simulations
- Catalysing focused research and innovation relevant to global health crises
- Securing sustainable financing for work on global health crises
- Focusing attention on the gender dimensions of global health crises
- Ensuring health crises are a priority on global political agendas
The Task Force is co-led by the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General, by Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), and by Dr. Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank Group. The membership of the Task Force is drawn from across the United Nations system and also includes external experts. These are distinguished individuals with backgrounds in infectious diseases, community health care, public health and development. They also have experience in risk assessment, implementation of humanitarian action, management of outbreak responses, financing, research and innovation. Dr. David Nabarro, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Climate Change, provides support to the Task Force.
See the membership of the Task Force.