PI's submission on the working draft of the WHO’s Pandemic prevention, preparedness and response accord
PI presented a submission as part of the consultation process to provide written input on the working draft of the WHO’s Pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response accord (“WHO CAII”) published on 13 July 2022.
- The drafting process of the WHO CAII must be informed and shaped by lessons learned from prior pandemics, including Covid-19, to ensure a good starting point founded in evidence-based audits and evaluations and prevent not only the replication but the codification of poor policies and practices in the future.
- The principles included in the WHO CAII related to respect of human rights, equity, transparency, accountability, gender equality, non-discrimination and respect for diversity and rights of vulnerable populations must be strenghtened to align with existing internationala and human rights obligations of governments and other non-state actors.
- It is imperative that the treaty elaborate further on the due diligence, effective regulation and robust oversight required of activities associated with use of data and technology provided for in the WHO CAII.
Privacy International welcomes the opportunity to provide written input on the working draft of the WHO’s Pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response accord (“WHO CAII”) published on 13 July 2022.
This submission is based on our research and assessment of data-reliant and tech-intensive measures deployed by governments and companies in response to Covid-19 and its aftermath, which documented how these measures impacted people’s fundamental rights and freedoms, including the right to privacy and other human rights.
In our submission, we make comments to specific provisions of the working draft and provide some general observations to inform the document and its approach as a whole.