In COVID-19 Corona virus, Discussion, Webinar, World Health Organization (WHO)

The Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War is organizing a special panel about the growing pressure faced by the World Health Organization, and multilateral health institutions generally.

There are also a PDF versions available to download (see links below)

Sponsored by the Hamilton Coalition to Stop the War, Aug 19, 2020

Updated: August 24, 2020 

U.S. hostility towards the World Health Organization now poses a threat to its viability. Powerful governments and media, particularly in the U.S., argue that the WHO has been captured by ‘rival’ states such as China. Political figures accuse the WHO of failing in its duties, such as the distribution of vital information during the pandemic. Is this the case?

Our panel will discuss the importance of global health institutions, such as the WHO, and the political questions raised by recent events. Including that of why Canada’s Parliament is following the U.S. lead. Are multilateral institutions still relevant and useful in an era where the international order is facing severe challenges?

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Dr. Margarete Harris

World Health Organization spokesperson on the COVID-19 pandemic.


Atif Kubursi

Former undersecretary- general of the United Nations, Atif Kubursi is Economics professor Emeritus at McMaster University.

Alan Freeman

Co-Director of the Geopolitical Economy Research Group at the University of Manitoba

Ian Culbert

Executive Director of the Canadian Public Health Association, the independent voice for public health in Canada.

Alan Whiteside

Alan Whiteside is CIGI Chair in Global Health Policy at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Wilfrid Lauri- er University.


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