The International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza was convened in Beijing, China on 17-18 January 2006 under the co-sponsorship of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the European Commission and the World Bank and in close coordination with the World Health Organization (WHO), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The conference was attended by representatives from more than 100 countries around the world and representatives of international technical and financing agencies, organizations, the private sector and civil society.

The conference was organized to promote, mobilize, and help coordinate financial support from the donor community for the national, regional and global response to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) and to support efforts at all levels to prepare for a possible human influenza pandemic. The pledging conference drew on recommendations previously developed by the international community including the Resolution of Enhancing Capacity-
building in Global Public Health adopted at the 60 Session of UN General Assembly and the FAO/OIE/WHO/World Bank-sponsored International Meeting on Avian Influenza and Human Pandemic Preparedness held in Geneva on 7-9 November, 2005.

The participants of the Beiijin Conference commited themselves to ensuring effective development and implementation of integrated national action plans within the framework of WHO/FAO/OIE global strategies guided by political leadership at the highest level, to mobilizing resources in our countries and to drawing upon government, civil society and the private sector to effect a coordinated response. The full version of the Beiijin Declaration at the International Pledging Conference on Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza is available here.

UN RC Office in Ukraine continues coordination of donors' and government's efforts in addressing Avian and Human Pandemic Influenza in Ukraine. For more information please contact AI focal point Yaryna Basystyuk, Yaryna.Basystyuk@undp.org.ua, Tel/fax (+38 044) 253-93-63.