Taoiseach Leo Varadkar welcomed World Health Organisation (WHO) Director General, Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus, to Dublin for discussions on the strengthened partnership between Ireland and the WHO across a range of global and domestic health areas.

They also discussed the appalling and worsening humanitarian situation in Gaza, and all are agreed for the need for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire.

Dr. Tedros, who was accompanied by Galway native, Dr. Mike Ryan, Executive Director of WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme, this morning met with President Michael D. Higgins before being welcomed to Government Buildings.

 

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The WHO delegation met with a number of Government Ministers, including Tánaiste Micheál Martin, Minister Stephen Donnelly, Minister Roderic O’Gorman, Minister of State Mary Butler and Minister of State Anne Rabbitte. Minister of State Sean Fleming hosting a gathering of representatives from the Irish global health community at Iveagh House, which included a keynote address from Dr. Tedros.

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar T.D. said:

It is a privilege to welcome Dr. Tedros to Ireland, and to welcome Dr. Ryan back home. The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrated in no uncertain terms, the importance of the World Health Organisation and the central role it plays in promoting and securing health and well-being for all, on a global scale.

At this time of year, we are particularly mindful of WHO staff working to provide critical healthcare in areas of humanitarian crisis and conflict.

The WHO is showing real leadership in Gaza and its staff is playing a vital role in exceptionally difficult circumstances on the ground there, helping to save lives and alleviate enormous suffering.

This visit is an important opportunity to affirm and strengthen Ireland’s partnership with the WHO and express our gratitude for WHO staff all over the world.

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Tánaiste Micheál Martin T.D. said:

The World Health Organisation plays a vital role in preventing and controlling disease, and strengthening health systems around the world.

Recognising the importance public health measures globally, and in the light of increasing health needs arising from conflict and crisis, Ireland is significantly increasing its support for the WHO.

This year we will invest approximately €10 million in supporting the work of the World Health Organisation around the world.

This funding is particularly targeted at healthcare in humanitarian settings and programmes aimed at tackling child malnutrition.

Building this partnership is a core focus of Ireland’s support for improving global health.

 

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Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus said:

I am honoured to be afforded this visit to Ireland and meet President Higgins, Taoiseach Varadkar and Tánaiste Martin. It offered me the opportunity to thank them for the country’s close friendship with WHO, and commitment to promoting and protecting the health of people at home and abroad.

Ireland plays a powerful role in advocating for peace and equity in health globally, and has provided vital assistance to WHO’s work around the world.

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Minister for Health, Stephen Donnelly T.D. said:

The WHO plays a vital leadership role in the global health architecture and together with Ireland and its Member States, is working hard to secure an international treaty to provide for the timely and coordinated management of future pandemics.

It is important that we grasp this once in a generation opportunity.

We know the world is watching, the stakes are high, and time is of the essence. Ireland recognises that we must not miss this opportunity.

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Minister Rabbitte said:

Dr Tedros and Dr Ryan visited Ireland for a discussions on a wide “range of global and domestic health areas”.

They also spoke about an international treaty to provide for “timely and coordinated management” of future pandemics and the importance of learning from the experience of the Covid-19 pandemic to prepare for any future pandemics.

They also discussed the vital need for greatly increased medical supplies to be allowed into Gaza and the disproportionate impact which the violence is having on children and women.

and she continued:

It was a wonderful to hear Dr Ghebreyesus Tedros compliment Ireland for its “moral leadership” on the crisis in Gaza. The Director General reiterated his call for a humanitarian ceasefire.

Moral leadership refers to a style of leadership that is guided by ethical principles and a strong sense of integrity, prioritising values such as honesty, fairness, responsibility, and empathy in their decision-making and actions.

I would like to believe that this government strive to make choices that align with a well-defined set of moral and ethical standards, and they inspire others to do the same.

 

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