How can countries prepare for the next global health crisis?


The World Health Organization has established an intergovernmental negotiating body with the purpose of drafting an agreement to strengthen pandemic prevention, preparedness and response. Yet the outcome may be so weak that we see less cooperation than before the COVID-19 pandemic, with devastating consequences for human life when the next global health crisis strikes.  

The panel will assess the prospects for meaningful progress, and discuss how power, politics and public opinion are affecting international pandemic response and preparedness, including the crucial question of access to vaccines and other medicines.  

Meet our speakers and chair

Tine Hanrieder (@HanriederTine) is Associate Professor in Health and International Development in the Department of International Development at LSE.    

Ulrich Sedelmeier is Associate Professor of International Relations in the Department of International Relations at LSE.

Ken Shadlen is Professor of Development Studies Department of International Development at LSE.  

Clare Wenham (@clarewenham) is Associate Professor of Global Health Policy in the Department of Health Policy at LSE. 

Mathias Koenig-Archibugi is Associate Professor of Global Politics in the Department of Government and Department of International Relations at LSE. 

More about this event

This event is part of the LSE Festival: Power and Politics running from Monday 10 to Saturday 15 June 2024, with a series of events exploring how power and politics shape our world. Booking for all Festival events will open on Monday 13 May.  

The Global Health Initiative (@LSEGlobalHealth) is an interdepartmental research platform that applies LSE’s tradition of rigorous social science research to emerging global health challenges.

The Department of International Relations (@LSEIRDept) at LSE is now in its 96th year, and is one of the oldest as well as largest IR departments in the world, with a truly international reputation. The Department is ranked 2nd in the UK and 4th in the world in the QS World University Ranking by Subject 2023 tables for Politics and International Studies.

Hashtag for this event: #LSEFestival  

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