COVID-19 has revealed that the world was unprepared for a pandemic. We had every reason to anticipate a pandemic but neglected to adequately invest in developing and maintaining global health systems resilience.
Consequently, the COVID-19 pandemic should serve as a wake-up call to global leaders every bit as significant—and urgent—as the ongoing climate emergency and the Global Financial Crisis of more than a decade ago. They are linked. The pandemic, the climate emergency, and the Global Financial Crisis are all crises of resilience, testing our ability to adapt and thrive.
This independent Commission brings together global political and business leadership from across the fields of health, environment, economics, and finance to help inform the policy “reset” that the current pandemic has rightly triggered.
We are making specific recommendations in three key areas:
International cooperation and multisectoral coalitions are needed to tackle the twin challenges posed by pandemics and climate change.
This won’t just happen. It needs leadership—from those in government, business, and the science of healthier and cleaner growth.
This Commission has been created to shape the new models, metrics, and practical policy reforms to help public and private sector leaders deliver healthier and cleaner growth.
Note: This statement was issued in June 2021 and reissued with editorial changes in October 2021.