The World health organization (WHO)

The amendments to the International Health Regulations and the new Pandemic Treaty and what they will mean for YOU!

This handy printable resource provides more information on the WHO’s  pandemic treaty’s.

This resource can be used to keep yourself up to date with the current status of the WHO’s International Health Regulation Amendments and the new Pandemic Treaty.

These treaties are a moving feast, the negotiations in Geneva continue, and the final versions of the documents that Australia and the other 193 member states will be asked to vote on at the end of May 2024 HAVE NOT BEEN PRODUCED – how can Australia be asked to vote on something we’ve had no time to consider?

Please share this with friends and family, or when making contact with your MP. It is a useful introduction and gives some suggestions as to what the immediate next steps could reasonably be.

Also attached are the April 2024 draft versions of the two treaty documents in which we have highlighted various sections – they cross reference to the printable resource:

The WHO's Power Grab in the Name of Health

The World Health Organization (WHO) is an agency of the United Nation’s (UN) responsible for international public health.

Both organisations have been working on four documents that purport to be treaties or accords, all in the name of health and future pandemics. All of these documents have been drafted under urgency, behind closed doors, by unelected officials.

The WHO has continued to work on two of the pandemic treaties being the amendments to the 2005 International Health Regulations, which Australia is already bound, and a new pandemic treaty (documents 03 and 04).

The FOUR treaties

01

UN’s Political Declaration

The new UN’s Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly Pandemic, Prevention, Preparedness and Response Manifesto – zero draft

02

Article 59 amendments

Article 59 amendments to the International Health Regulations

03

300+ draft amendments

300+ draft amendments to the International Health Regulations

04

Pandemic Treaty or WHO CA+

A new pandemic instrument called the Pandemic Treaty or WHO CA+

The pandemic treaties will hand the WHO the authority to make binding directions on how a country is required to respond to a potential public health emergency (not necessarily an actual one). Under the treaties, the WHO will be able to order measures including significant financial contributions from individual Member States, censor scientific debate, order lockdowns, restrict travel, force medical examinations, require isolation and quarantine and mandatory vaccinations, all in the name of health.

Whatever your views are of the Covid pandemic, we can all agree that before Australia runs headlong into new and more rules, the more appropriate step for Australia is to stop, reflect, hold hearings, and make findings on what did and didn’t work, and what could have been done differently.

The WHO is currently working on the:

  • 300+ amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHRAs); and
  • the Pandemic Treaty

These are due to be voted on by Australia and the 193 other Member States in the last week of May 2024.  Neither the 300+ IHRAs or the Pandemic Treaty have been finalised, so no country will have sufficient time to consider the implications and requirements of the treaties before the requirement to vote.

For this reason, Australia must insist that voting is postponed, alternatively Australia should vote NO to both treaties.

Upcoming Important Dates

The final version of the 300+ International Health Regulations (IHRA) were required to be delivered to Member States by the WHO’s own rules [note: this has not happened and the date has now passed].

77th World Health Assembly is to be held, at which the 300+ IHRAs and Pandemic Treaty will likely be voted upon adopted.

Member States will have till May 2025 or November 2025 (TBC) to reject any adopted amendments (300+ IHRAs).

Member States will have to implement the adopted amendments (300+ IHRAs) into domestic law.

Member States have till November 2025 to either implement or reject provisions of the new Pandemic Treaty.

Questions to ask when discussing the WHO with people

01
What is the WHO? And who are they made up of?
02
What is the WHO up to?
03
Who pays for the WHO?

Some key points to help when discussing the WHO pandemic treaties

The WHO’s April 2024 drafts of the Treaties is publicly available.

  1.  A public health emergency won’t need to be real:
    • The WHO Director General will be able to declare a potential (not actual) public health emergency on its own: ‘pandemic emergency’ includes the words ‘likely’ and ‘public health risk’ means a ‘likelihood of an event that … may present a serious and direct danger’. 
    • This could be used to extend to climate related issues.

       (300+ IHRAs: Articles 1 definition of ‘pandemic emergency’ and ‘public health risk’, 2, 5 and Annex 1, 12 and 49).

  1. Australia will have limited say on a WHO declared health emergency:
    • Even one that occurs within our own borders. While there is more consultation with the inclusion of a WHO engaged Emergency Committee and Review Committees.
    • Australia will not be able to delay involvement in meetings and will have to justify to the WHO why it has not complied.

         (300+ IHRAs: Articles 1, Articles 12, 17, 42, 48, 49, 50).

  1. Australia will be required to implement the 300+ IHR and Pandemic Treaty into its domestic legislation and administrative arrangements:
    • It will be required to establish a National IHR Authority:
      • The Authority will coordinate the implementation of the 300+ IHRAs into our domestic legislation and administrative arrangements; and 
      • Report to the WHO on Australia’s compliance
    • Australia will have to report to the WHO if it has not implemented all of the Regulations and do so within specified times.

            (300 IHRAs: Articles 1 definition of ‘National IHR Authority’,  4, 15, 16, 42, 54, 59.3; Pandemic Treaty: Article 3)

  1. The WHO will have the power to order Australia to:
    • lockdowns
    • implement travel restrictions
    • force medical examinations
    • mandatory vaccinations
    • isolation and quarantine

             (300+ IHRAs: Articles 1, 15, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 42, 49)

  1. Vaccine passports will return – as ‘health documents’ – a global system of health certificates relating to testing, vaccination, prophylaxis and recovery.

          (300+ IHRAs: Articles 18, 23, 24, 27, 31, 32, 35, 36 and 44 and Annexes 6 and 8)

  1. Personal medical information will have to be supplied to the WHO and it can disclose that to others.

    (300+ IHRAs, Articles 1 ‘surveillance’, 5 and  45; Pandemic Treaty: Article 4).

  2. The fundamental principle of individual human rights is diluted with group concepts of equity. (300+ IHRAs, Article 3; Pandemic Treaty, Articles 2, 4, 6)
  1. Control the messaging by:
    • Curtailing and controlling freedom of speech (mis and dis-information)
    • Control research and development
    • Censor scientific debate

          (300+ IHRAs: Annex 1 Core Capacities (4, A.2(c)); Pandemic Treaty: Articles 1.13, 9, 18)

  1. Vaccine manufacturers will be free from liability with countries required to grant indemnities and establish state compensation schemes for the injured. 

         (Pandemic Treaty: Article 13)

  1. The Pandemic Treaty applies all of the time, not just pandemics.

         (Pandemic Treaty, Article 2)

  1. Introduction of the ‘One Health‘ concept  by the WHO will effectively give the WHO control over the health of people, animals and ecosystems. 

         (Pandemic Treaty: Articles 1, 5)

  1. The WHO will require member states to scour their countryside for pathogens, which then need to be supplied to and stored in WHO laboratories. 

         (300+ IHRAs: Articles 5, 46; Pandemic Treaty: Overview 15, Articles 4, 12)

  1. This will cost every day Australians a lot:
    • $22M in assessed contributions, being amounts determined by the WHO, are already paid by Australians for the period 2022/2023
    • $100M in voluntary contributions – that means Australia gave $100M to the WHO – see  Penny Wong’s reasons for this significant contribution;
    • Potentially increasing substantial unknown amount – the WHO will be able to dictate significant financial contributions by individual member states to support developing nations; (Pandemic Treaty: Article 20)
    • Initial estimates of the cost to Member States for the WHO to be Pandemic Ready is ≥5% of their national health budgets – for Australia that’s $5.29B (est) per year just to be pandemic ready – this is enough to pay for 53,000 senior nurses for a year, or pay for 212,000 hip replacements

This is by no means an exhaustive list, and remember, these are just the draft documents.

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