States could be sanctioned for public health failings: WHO boss

An article from Reuters
October 20, 2015
A U.N. panel is considering ways to hold governments to account for failing to stick to global health rules, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan said on Tuesday.
 
"This goes back to governments. If they sign up to the international health regulations they need to honor their commitment. Because if they don’t do their part they pose a risk to their neighbors and beyond," she told a news conference.
 
A global health crisis review set up by U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is looking at how to make them accountable, according to Chan.
 
"As part of the Secretary-General’s high level panel I’m sure they will come up with some kind of mechanism to address governments that ignore their duty and responsibility and yet pose a threat to others."
 
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