This side event to the IMRF seeks to facilitate intergovernmental discussions on how to ensure that human mobility can be equitable and predictable in the ongoing and any future pandemics, learning lessons from COVID-19, and identifying areas for deeper cooperation and exchange with a whole-of-government approach. This event will feature remarks from António Vitorino, Director General of IOM, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Deputy Director-General of WHO, and government and stakeholder partners.
This event will feature remarks from IOM, WHO, the governments of Australia, Colombia, Kenya, the Philippines, and the United States, as well as the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Quakers United Nations Office. Over two years since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down cross-border mobility, most countries are rapidly re-opening for travel. Yet there has been no global stock-taking on whether border and mobility policies worked in reducing the spread of the virus. Instead, a complex web of border closures and travel measures continues to chill mobility, and risks creating a two-tiered system between people able to travel (vaccinated and wealthy, with access to testing and digital tools), and those excluded from entry. This event will cover promising initiatives and areas for cooperation on borders and health, with a view toward preparing for future public-health crises.