Is it a good idea to centralise power over the health of billions of people by giving it to one global organisation? Well, over 156,000 Brits don’t seem to think so! The UK government has received that many signatures on a petition challenging the World Health Organisation (WHO) Pandemic Preparedness and Response Treaty, and amendments being proposed to the International Health Regulations. This is a global health treaty that WHO’s 194 member states including New Zealand will be expected to follow.
The UK petition has triggered a necessary parliamentary debate. The video below shows UK MP Andrew Bridgen’s address regarding the issues around a this Global Health Treaty.
The WHO pandemic Treaty is currently in UK parliament for consideration alongside amendments to the International health regulations. These two instruments will fundamentally change the constitutions of the WHO and it’s influence on member states.
The WHO is no longer majority funded by it’s member states. 86% of its funding comes from external sources. The UK is the third largest donor. The second largest donor is The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The first is Germany. GAVI is the Fifth largest. Donors are able to direct their funding according to their own priorities.
Input on WHO policies come from the 60% of external stakeholders, and only 40% from member states.
The WHO Pandemic Treaty and amendments to the International health regulations would take powers away from national governments and place it in the hand of an unelected, unaccountable top-down supranational body. Their declaration of an emergency would give them the power to shut down any business and do away with all the protections that democracy offers as justified by any emergency they declare.
The WHO employees are exempt from tax and they and their families have diplomatic immunity. Therefore its constituents are unelected and unaccountable. They are however accountable to the financial interests of their funders.
The WHO intend to bring in “One Health” under which they can call a public health emergency of International concern. This doesn’t necessarily need to be because of a pathogen.
Parliamentary representation of local constituents will be suspended in the event of a public health emergency as declared by the WHO.
One solution may be enforced – which could lead to an all or nothing situation.
It would be foolish not to see big pharmaceutical giants with their lobbying power have huge influence of the direction of the WHO. With over 80% of the WHO budget now specified funding, they have the ability to direct WHO policy.
The new instruments being proposed will grant the WHO the power to define what is disinformation.
When we have a pandemic situation there will be only one version of the truth. That’s not very good for science is it?
There is no more important Treaty. If we were to give these sort of powers away we should have a referendum, because sovereignty belongs to the people – it’s not ours to give away.
Watch video of UK MP Andrew Bridgen’s parliamentary address here:
Watch Dr John Campbell’s overview of the WHO Pandemic Treaty here: