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Filed under: General — Downunder @ 3:50 pm Mon 19th February 2024

The World Health Organisation (WHO) gained significant prominence through the covid pandemic.

As a result, WHO has become the debating arena for world affairs in the lead-up to the 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) in May.

Dual Negotiations

Negotiations for pandemic preparedness are being undertaken by an Intergovernmental Negotiating Body (INB) constituted of 194 member states including The Cook Islands and Nuie but not Tokelau and also Palestine and Taiwan making a total of 196.

The two separate legal instruments are the existing International Health Regulations (IHR) and some 300+ ammendments which NZ is party to alongside a ‘proposed’ Pandemic Treaty.

Both have been under negotiation over the past year.

Ministry for Foreign Affairs (MFAT) is responsible for the Pandemic Treaty and Ministry of Health (MOH) the IHR.

It is coincidental that Ashley Bloomfield is the co-chair of the Working Group for the IHR (WGIHR) representating the Director-General of the Western Pacific Region which NZ is part of.

Mens Issues

It is only over the past month as the broader implications have gained attention that uncertainty has risen about how this might play out.


The negotiations, have not been totally secret but not transparent either, in the way they have been conducted over the past year.

At the end of January we should have been able to see, according to WHO articles what is being presented at the WHA four months beforehand. That didn’t happen and it’s now become clear this was planned several months ago.

Instead, to comply with established protocols what was made public was the initial proposals from February 2023 that were already public while Governments have been provided with what is called the WGIHR6 draft but that is not public.

A WHO secretariat should assist the WGIHR Bureau to complete the text but instead has created a Text Bureau to continue negotiating up to May behind closed doors while retaining the existing working group in an advisory capacity – in simple terms WHO has hijacked the proceedings and there is uncertainty about what is being negotiated. Whether the proposed treaty will be abandoned and instead the existing rules modified as an alternative.

To explain that in terms of a Power shift the concensus body of state member representatives, the INB, has lost its authority to the international body operating in a dictatorial fashion.

It’s taken NZ a few weeks to catch up compared to the UK. Before Christmas they very quickly raised a petition of over 100k signatures to trigger a debate in their parliament.

These are significant events while the UK can see across the Chanel a 1000 tractors and thousands of protests surrounding the EU parliament in Brussels. (On a side note while there are massive farmers’ protests across Europe they are not all about the same specific issue but relative to the area in which they occurred. They all reflect issues out of the European Parliament, though)

The WHO has undergone an organisational restructure over the pandemic period with a group of new academies based in Europe and a new management strategy that was confirmed only last week, February 15th after meetings in late January.

This has all come out in the open very quickly by international standards. The surprise now is what is called the ‘equity negotiations’ set down for the first 2 weeks of March. Financial equity in this case but equity in general further down the page.

This new structure also advances suspicions around the 4 year World Health Work Programme to be presented at the WHA for 2025-29 running alongside agenda 2030 and the funding of that.

WHO has broadened its areas of concern to ’emergencies’ climate change, sexual health, and reliable sustainable funding mechanisms which tap into state budgets and these new legally binding treaties may dictate international rules we are yet to see and far beyond what we have previously known from WHO.

Placed alongside the unprecedented shift in ignoring its on rules and procedures WHO is exhibiting traits of third world African politics – its Director General is an Ethiopian politician rather than a medical doctor.

The negotiations also cover digital travel and data capture.

What has become available for media distribution has come from a small group of Geneva based journalists.

While suspicions arose in the UK before Christmas and the petition to force a debate in parliament, US senators are now raising concerns about what they are seeing which is more than we are being told in our domestic media.

We have our own banana republic problems at the hands of a few wally judges and the loss of democratic journalism.

NZ held rather pointless submissions over the last month based on the public documentation and what should have been available but was withheld.

Recent NZ media has not disclosed that our country is one of several with objections while only informing us that we have withdrawn from the shortened time period to allow for a longer International Treaty process in our parliament but that aside compliance from a small country is easily obtained through political pressure.

Erin Kenney WHO HQ/GRE and your new Gender Rights and Equity – Diversity, Equity and Inclusion cabinet executive.

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Uncertainty is the word of the day, as to what we might see come out of this. The Director-General of WHO along with many world representatives met at the Munich Security Council over the past few days where Tedros has said, these issues where subjects of discussion.

Having read this you may see some recent events in a different light. Could be an interesting few months.


  1. She sounds very qualified, for whatever she is doing.
    But where is the success, because it’s hard to see it.
    World hunger an example, scenes like in Gaza are common.
    Despite the expertise of WHO, it failed to stop Covid.
    Many diseases are uncontrolled, millions are dying.
    Nations that should flourish, are ruined by bad governments.

    I did watch a news article, on the subject of the post.
    It’s almost like a law being past, but not seeing what they vote on.
    That’s looks far from democracy, and more like dictatorship.
    How much power do they get, what power will NZ give away.
    Will we fail the new laws, will we be forced to do things.

    Any body that can make laws, will continue to make laws.
    It will continue to make laws, until it has laws for everything.
    It had little control at the start, but has complete control at the end.
    You don’t see them deleting laws, so you are more free.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Mon 19th February 2024 @ 5:19 pm

  2. What did you pick up from the news you saw?

    Was it the Newsroom article?

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 19th February 2024 @ 6:00 pm

  3. This has been carrying on for a very, very long time.

    The following abstracts from a news item on 25 May 2023.

    “W.H.O International Health Regulations on future outbreaks of disease aim to give the Director General extraordinary and wide-sweeping powers.”

    “The W.H.O. proposes a one-size fits all public health system worldwide, W.H.O. designed regulations that bind all countries, the removal of fundamental freedoms, and ignoring the view of independent nations. Any exchange of information must be on “a reliable platform” decided by the W.H.O.”

    “Worse still, it doesn’t have to be a health risk, but now any ‘potential risk’ dreamed up by the W.H.O.”

    Now as I understand, Winston Peters has placed the W.H.O on notice that NZ will not automaticity agree to any further suggestions from the W.H.O.

    NZ should be placing the World Economic Forum WEF on a similar notice too.

    A lot of NZ, Kiwis are awake to the reduction in sovereignty and democracy.

    There is a lot of sneaky stuff going on, and this is one place to find it.

    The real news, the censored news is on Telegram. It is not censored because it’s R-Rated or obscene. It is open, to the point and factual.

    After installing Telegram on your phone, here are some groups to join.

    Comment by Lukenz — Tue 20th February 2024 @ 2:24 pm

  4. I’m not 100% what media I saw it on, my memory fails me.
    It was probably the BBC, based on how it was presented.
    It gave an impression, that nobody says what’s happening.
    There is dissent about something, but the subject is secret.
    It implies you will not see the law, before it is voted on.
    Maybe they copy the US, they do things like that.
    Think how removed the voter is, to the decision being made.
    A nation may vote no, but the law must be obeyed.

    What if the new law is good law, that the majority votes for.
    Power is not all bad, we shouldn’t automatically assume it’s bad.
    Think of an extreme, as to what they are deciding.
    Are they about to regulate medicine, cutting out big Pharmaceuticals.
    Older medicine owned by the WHO, made and sold at cost.
    Think of the US healthcare, everything costs a fortune.
    Things are dirt cheap to make, most of the time.
    What comes first for the WHO, profit or people.

    Maybe I am wrong, the new laws will be bad laws.
    We have to wait I guess, for the secrecy to stop.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Tue 20th February 2024 @ 6:46 pm

  5. #3 There is much confusion over the Winston Issues, which hinges on two words, reserved or rejected.

    Countries like Iran have held up the finger and said, get stuffed you’re not telling us what to do.

    There’s another issue here and that’s the US ammendment which halfed the ratification time.

    NZ as I understand it has rejected that so we have a longer time to consider this in our treaty process.

    Reserved as I understand it means we don’t automatically agree to ratification but agree in principle to what was going back in December before WHO breached the disclosure article.

    Although, WHO say they didn’t, we’ve just never done it this way before.

    I suspect the obstacle here was the equity debate now set down for March.

    Comment by Down Under — Tue 20th February 2024 @ 10:11 pm

  6. There is a predictable conflict, for modern medicine.
    To many it looks like a conspiracy, stealing your identity.
    Good medicine would dictate, DNA testing every child at birth.
    It’s in the best interests of the child, to test for things.
    The baby cannot speak, they can’t ask or have an opinion.
    The parent may say no, but the government says yes.
    If you then do it globally, the WHO may make it compulsory.
    For such a small cost, diagnosing illnesses is far better.
    That’s the point of WHO, to improve health globally.

    Problem is with humans, is how they use the information.
    Medicine will test for diseases, humans will test for race.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Sun 3rd March 2024 @ 6:23 pm

  7. The term militant advocate, is an interesting saying.
    It’s not like she getting a gun, and fighting her cause.
    The term unapologetic feminist, is also interesting.
    It says that’s she’s never wrong, she has nothing to be sorry for.

    There is obviously nations, where there is not gender equality.
    It may have a cultural cause, religion or just due to motherhood.
    How does she wish to change nations, those things are hard.
    We do well on gender issues, but we still have bad domestic violence.

    Is our solo mother nation, also one that is the most feminist.
    The women are the most free, but the outcome is bad for children.
    Nations that treat women badly in her eyes, may not want to change.
    They look at us, and see feminism is not about equality or outcomes.

    Feminism is a one sided look at things, with very selective equality.
    Feminism will never demand for females, the rights that males get.
    For some men in the world, they literally have no rights.
    Don’t believe me, think then of the military age male of Gaza.

    Now there’s some violence, you can be as violent as you like to them.
    There’s little outrage, you can even raid hospitals to kill them.
    Just the males age alone, is a justification for arrest without charge.
    You can shoot hundreds of them starving, and just say it’s an accident.

    Every single military age male dead, is counted as a terrorist.
    You could take bets nobody at WHO, is there militant advocate.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Mon 4th March 2024 @ 9:22 pm

  8. My work has got a poster, for a woman’s day event.
    There’s a meeting, and they have organised guests.
    Sometimes you just have to ignore things, and stay silent.
    Health and safety has gone mad, I just got taught to lift a box.
    There’s a refresher course soon, on top of all the other courses.
    With my medication, I am lucky that I still get to work at all.
    If the H&S lady saw me use a lathe hard, she would lose her mind.
    All these rules upon rules, everyday feels like a loss of freedom.
    It’s only a matter of time, eventually the madness must stop.

    Comment by DJ Ward — Tue 5th March 2024 @ 6:29 pm

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