Jakarta: Indonesia participated in the 146th Executive Board Session of World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland this week.
The session that took place on February 3-8, 2020 discussed, amongst others, the agenda and draft resolution to be ratified at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in May 2020, and the current global health issues.
"The WHO 146th EB Session was held in an unusual situation, during a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (n-CoV), which as of February 5, 2020, had infected more of 24.000 people," the Indonesian Foreign Affair Ministry said in a press release issued on Thursday, February 6, 2020.
During the discussion on WHO's Work in Health Emergencies, Indonesia as Chair of the 2020 Foreign Policy and Global Health (FPGH) Initiative read out the Joint Statement of FPGH member states.
According to the joint statement, the FPGH member states support WHO's efforts in dealing with health emergencies, given the WHO's important role as a leader in dealing with the related issues, including the 2005 International Health Regulations (IHR) framework. In addition, they also appreciate all health workers who work under high-risk conditions.
Moreover, the group also urge the WHO to continue works with the member states and related stakeholders to strengthen the global capacity and capability in responding to global health challenges and continue working with scientists and health experts on global networks to prevent further spread of n-CoV, including in eradicating hoaxes around n-CoV. Lastly, they also appreciate the Government and people of China for their efforts in dealing with the n-CoV outbreak, including its cooperation with WHO and the international community in sharing epidemiological data on the disease. T
FPGH is an initiative tabled by the Foreign Ministers of South Africa, Brazil, Indonesia, Norway, France, Senegal, and Thailand. FPGH was launched in 2006 at the 59th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York to promote the importance of global health issues within a foreign policy framework.