#StopTheTreaty: Comment on WHO’s Pandemic TreatyAustin Roe
Steve Kirsch posted today a warning about a power move by the World Health Org (WHO) to try to circumvent international governments in their responses to global pandemics, in an article called “URGENT!!! Comment on the WHO treaty **NOW**.” The U.S. is set to sign a treaty giving away this power to the WHO. Petitions were being collected at World Council of Health, as the deadline for collecting comments against this treaty ends on April 13.
As the World Council for Health (WCH), our partners and allies have already sought to draw attention to, the World Health Organization (WHO) has proposed a global pandemic agreement that will give it undemocratic rights over sovereign people. See the WCH Open Letter in response to this attempted power grab here.
WHO has quietly opened the floor for comments on the agreement but has provided little time to do so ahead of the first round of hearings scheduled for April 12 and 13.
We encourage everyone to share their thoughts with World Health Organization before the deadline.
1. Go to the World Health Organization website to submit a written submission now
Written submissions are short and can be up to 250 words/1250 characters. The deadline for written submissions is 3 pm UTC on Wednesday, April 13.
- Submissions must be in response to the provided guiding question: What substantive elements do you think should be included in a new international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response?
The prompt provided by the WHO does not ask the people of the world whether or not they believe a global agreement is necessary. Instead, the organization has decided for itself that this measure is warranted and is asking for input on what people believe should be included in it.
How to Write Your Submission
Why do I need to frame my submission using WHO’s provided context?
Because the WHO reserves the right to judge the relevancy of submissions, it is important to respond to the prompt in an appropriate yet constructive manner. As such, the World Council for Health suggests the following elements be addressed:
- National and local leadership retain full autonomy, reserving the right to make decisions based on what is best for their own people.
- The ability of nations and local municipalities to opt out of any and all portions of the agreement as they see fit, without consequence.
- An open and transparent process with the ability for all people of the world to vote on including failsafe measures that will prevent the application of the global agreement in places where a majority of the people do not want it.
- Measures that do not allow for influence in the process by any and all pharmaceutical companies or other global health profiteers.
The hearing will be livestreamed here on Tuesday, April 12.
2. Relay your action on Social Media
Make Some Noise on Social to #StopTheTreaty
Public health is not a one-size-fits-all program. We need people and communities in control of their health. Submit a comment today to #StopTheTreaty
Screenshot your submission on the WHO page (just before you submit it) and Tweet it to let others know how it’s done.
Use the hashtag #StopTheTreaty so we can unify our voices, and @WCH_org and @WHO on Twitter.