Indonesia Pushes for Strengthening of Global Health Resilience System Architecture

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 21 Januari 2022
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President Jokowi during a dialogue with Founder of the World Economic Forum and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab at the World Economic Forum, Thursday (01/20), virtually from the Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java. (Photo by: BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/Muchlis Jr)

Considering that COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the fragility of global health resilience in all countries, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called for the need to find a permanent solution to the related problems.

According to the President, the current collaboration with the Covax Facility only serves as a temporary solution and the World Health Organization’s role has not covered strategic matters for the life of the world.

 “In the future, we need a permanent solution so that the world can deal with unexpected health issues,” the President said during a dialogue with Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab on a virtual event with theme “World Economic Forum: State of the World Address”, Thursday (01/20).

In a bid to realize this, Indonesia will encourage the strengthening of global health resilience system architecture organized by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in the financial sector.

President Jokowi also underscored that global health resilience would be one of Indonesia’s concerns in the G20 Presidency.

“It is the IMF duty to raise global health resources, including for the financing of world health emergencies, purchasing vaccines, purchasing medicines, and purchasing medical devices. Then, it [the IMF] must also set global health protocol standards, including regulating cross-border travel so that all countries have the same health protocol standards; and empowering developing countries in terms of local manufacturing capacity, including managing patents, access to technology, as well as investing in production of medical devices and medicines,” he explained.

Furthermore, the Head of State conveyed that joint financing is essential to build a new architecture for global health resilience system.

The funds, he said, are clearly far smaller than the world’s losses due to the fragility of global health system as is happening in the face of the current pandemic.

“Developed countries should have no objections to supporting this joint initiative. The G20 will play a pivotal role in driving the development of the current global health resilience architecture, meaning that a mutual agreement at the G20 is needed,” the President remarked. (FID/UN) (RIF/LW)
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