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Indonesia Prepares the Way for the United Nations' Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response Agenda

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Pandemic readiness is a priority for Indonesia. As a manifestation of this priority, Indonesia pioneered the holding of the High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response (PPPR) at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA in 2023.

In its preparation, Indonesia continues to voice the involvement of World Health Organization -WHO as a hub-of-knowledge and information. Indonesia also continues to emphasize the importance of comprehensive, inclusive, and inter-disciplinary discussions on the PPPR. This is in line with efforts to harmonize the PPPR discussions in New York and Geneva.

On September 2, 2022, the PPPR Core Group, including Indonesia in it, presented and proposed a draft UN resolution, which mandates the implementation of the PPPR High Level Meeting before the General Assembly. The draft resolution was successfully agreed upon by consensus, with the support of 129 countries as Co-Sponsors. This strong support is a mandate for the President of the UN General Assembly to prepare for the implementation of the PPPR High Level Meeting.

The PPPR High Level Meeting is expected to be the first high-level meeting and landmark for the pandemic preparedness agenda at the United Nations in New York. The meeting is believed to be able to garner political support from countries on the issue of pandemic preparedness in a bid to support the process of drafting a pandemic treaty at the United Nations in Geneva.

South Africa's Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York, representing the PPPR Core Group said that in 2023, this meeting will underscore the commitment of countries to integrate joint efforts to prevent, improve preparedness, and respond to a pandemic.

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