The World Health Organization today launched an independent Pan-European Commission on Health and Sustainable Development to plan for a future beyond the coronavirus pandemic.
In a briefing held earlier this morning, its chair Prof Mario Monti said that the new commission will “take a magnifying glass to current economic and social policies using the evidence of how these policies have performed in light of this pandemic to make recommendations on they should be enhanced at the national and international levels to forecast, prevent and respond to future crises.”
The pandemic has been an “unsolicited, monumental stress test for our countries” that has “underlined the dark inequalities of our world, but, it has also underlined, more than ever, the truism that no one is safe until everyone is safe,” Prof Monti said.
The launch of the new commission could not come at a more vital time, because “how we learn from and respond to this crisis now will also determine the wellbeing of future generations,” he said.
He also added that the commission will work with, not for, member states to gather empirical data on a wide range of new policy recommendations, which are set to be published in September next year.