The Global Health Security Agenda is a multisectoral partnership of more than 70 countries, international organizations, non-governmental stakeholders, and private sector companies aiming to achieve a vision of a world that is safe and secure from global health threats posed by infectious diseases. GHSA was initially launched in 2014 and at the 6th GHSA Ministerial Meeting in 2022, GHSA members endorsed The New Seoul Declaration, extending the initiative for another 5-year phase.
Guided by an overarching target, GHSA is accelerating efforts to build countries’ capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to infectious diseases and achieve the core capacities required by the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005). GHSA’s 2024 target is for more than 100 countries to have achieved a level of ‘Demonstrated Capacity’ in at least five health security technical areas as measured by the Joint External Evaluation.
GHSA Action Packages are working groups that facilitate technical collaboration among members toward meeting GHSA objectives and target. There are currently nine Action Packages:
- Antimicrobial Resistance
- Biosecurity & Biosafety
- Laboratory Systems
- Legal Preparedness
- Sustainable Financing for Preparedness
- Workforce Development
- Zoonotic Disease
The Office of Global Affairs’ Office of Pandemics and Emerging Threats (PET) plays a central role in multilateral GHSA governance and through GHSA, the United States encourages global partners to invest in basic health care systems and to strengthen health security across the intersection of human and animal health. We represent the United States on global health security policy issues at the World Health Organization, and coordinate across the U.S. Government to develop policy positions that accelerate progress toward a safe, secure world.