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Strengthening the Global Health Security Interface

WHO’s vision is of a world where all people achieve the highest possible level of health and well-being. Its mission to promote health, keep the world safe and serve the vulnerable includes better protecting a billion more people from health emergencies.

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Within the mandates of the International Health Regulations (2005) (IHR) and resolutions WHA55.16 (2002) and WHA74.7 (2021), WHO is a leader in global public health responses to acute health security, including where the deliberate use of biological materials and chemicals to cause harm is suspected or confirmed. WHO interacts with multiple sectors, including security sector partners, as part of its public health mission and mandate, to prepare for and respond to global health security risks from all sources.

In this context, the Biosafety and Health Safety Protection Unit (BSP) works to:

  • strengthen WHO’s leadership in the public health response to natural, accidental or deliberate events;
  • strengthen and improve WHO’s relationship in the health and safety interface at the international level;
  • assess emerging science and technology trends for their health security implications; and
  • lead capacity building at national, regional and global levels for preparedness and response to acute health security crises.

WHO and its Member States continue to consult and cooperate closely to develop common understandings and appropriate strategies at the interface of global health security, including identifying needs, gaps and synergies in preparedness and effective response to current and future health security emergencies.