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International Health Regulations: The new International Health Regulations (HR 2005) constitutes a radically new international legal regime designed to strengthen global health security against public health emergencies of international concern. They establish a new basis for cooperation in the event of international public health emergencies, by defining the circumstances under which health events should be reported in terms of their potential risk to international health. They require states to maintain the capacity to monitor and respond to such circumstances, with assistance and support from WHO or other states.

Lisbon Treaty: The Treaty signed by the Heads of State or Government of the 27 Member States in Lisbon on 13 December 2007 is intended to provide the EU with modern institutions and improved working methods. In a rapidly changing world, Europeans look to the EU to address issues such as globalisation, climatic and demographic changes, security and energy. The Treaty of Lisbon is hoped to reinforce democracy in the EU and its capacity to promote the interests of its citizens.

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