The year 2017 was the first full year of the work of the JEE Alliance. During the year, 15 new members joined the Alliance, contributing the wealth of expertise and experience. There are now 68 members.

The Alliance held three meetings. In January, members discussed about how to accelerate the global collaboration on IHR implementation and health security capacity building. In May, the focus was on national and regional experiences on Joint External Evaluations and capacity building. The World Bank presented the results of the report on financing pandemic preparedness as well as financing mechanisms such as the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF). Non-governmental actors (Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Harvard Global Health Institute (HGHI), and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)) presented their current research projects on health security. In October, members and partners focused on setting strategic targets for health security capacity building, which will guide the work of the Alliance. The meeting started a consultation process.

Moving forward in 2018, the work continues. The draft proposal on measuring progress received a number of comments and is now being revised based on the contributions. It is important to align the work of the Alliance with other health security fora and streams of work, to ensure their mutually supportive function.

The co-chairs are, in consultation with the Advisory Group and the broader Alliance, developing a work plan for 2018. The aim is to organize two Alliance meetings and two – three meetings of the Advisory Group. The co-chairs are planning to have the next meeting of the Advisory Group on 27 February 2018. More information will follow soon.