World Health Organization WHO said in a statement that, it in collaboration with the World Bank Group has on Thursday 24th May 2018, launched the joint Global Preparedness Monitoring Board to observe how ready the world is to tackle outbreaks and pandemics. “The board will be co-chaired by Dr Gro Brundtland, former Prime Minister of Norway and former WHO Director-General, and Mr Elhadj As-Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. “It will include political leaders, heads of UN agencies and world-class health experts, serving in their individual, independent capacities,” the statement read. “The board will monitor emergency preparedness across national governments, UN agencies, civil society and the private sector. “It will report annually on adequacy of financing, progress on relevant research and development, and the strength of health crisis preparedness at the global, regional and national levels,” the statement added.