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ICM Policy Paper: Global Pandemics and Global Public HealthRead more

The global health architecture is increasingly under strain. Pandemics and epidemics are occurring at an unprecedented rate in recent years, and the Ebola crisis in particular revealed serious flaws in the capability of the system to prevent and respond to these crises. As the links between health, development, and security challenges become ever clearer, the multilateral system anchored in (...)

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  • Improving Early Detection and Disease Preparedness: Q&A with Annie SparrowRead more

    Though not a direct cause, conflict is a major driver of infectious disease, according to Annie Sparrow, Assistant Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine. “For example, there was no polio in Iraq for eight years during that war, but it reappeared two years after the Syrian war.”
    Dr. Sparrow criticized this year’s report of the UN Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on the Global Response to Health Crises, which she believed failed to recognize the effects of conflicts on public health, and (...)

  • Reporting from the UN: Q&A with Colum LynchRead more

    The senior diplomatic reporter for Foreign Policy, Colum Lynch, has covered the UN for more than 20 years. He spoke to the International Peace Institute’s Warren Hoge on the challenges facing journalists today and his experiences reporting about the institution’s strengths and weaknesses. The interview was conducted on the margins of the ICM’s retreat on the UN’s communications strategy, held March 10-11th.
    Do UN officials understand the adversarial nature, at least of American journalism, (...)

  • A New Agenda for Nuclear Disarmament: Q&A with Jayantha DhanapalaRead more

    The United Nations must reassert its role in multilateral nuclear disarmament, according to Jayantha Dhanapala, President of Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs and former UN Under-Secretary-General for Disarmament Affairs. “It’s only the United Nations which provides the machinery that can really do something about it. A fresh initiative is vitally needed in order to ensure that we start talking again on this very important question.”
    Speaking to the International Peace (...)

  • Breaking the Impasse on Nuclear Disarmament: Q&A with Kathleen LawandRead more

    Leadership and political will are two important elements needed for nuclear disarmament, according to Kathleen Lawand, Head of the Arms Unit at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
    Noting that nuclear weapons are the only weapons of mass destruction (WMDs) not yet prohibited by international law, Ms. Lawand said it was critical for states to move forward on discussions toward disarmament. She stressed that the process must be inclusive.
    “Civil society, the Red Cross (...)

"Our aim is to hear your concrete, practical ideas about how the system can be made better,” said ICM Chair Kevin Rudd.

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