GLEWS Management Committee
The GLEWS Management Committee (GMC) is responsible for supervising the implementation of the GLEWS agreement, the strategic plan and provides general oversight of GLEWS. More specifically, the GLEWS Management Committee guides and decides on the different tasks to be accomplished by the GLEWS Task Force.
The GLEWS Management Committee is composed of the DG or ADG of each organization, or their official nominees. The DG and ADG or their nominees can be accompanied by one or two representatives of the organization.
The GLEWS Management Committee shall approve any amendments of the GLEWS technical document, which is the basis of the GLEWS agreement, including updates of the Standard Operating Procedures and Work Plan presented by the GLEWS Task Force defined below.
The GLEWS Management Committee is co-chaired by FAO, OIE and WHO. The venue of the meeting of the GLEWS Management Committee should alternate between the three organizations headquarters and should be chaired by the host organization. Participation to these meetings is limited to GLEWS Management Committee members as defined above and observers.
The GLEWS Management Committee meet at least once a year.
GLEWS Task Force
The GLEWS Task Force (GTF) is responsible for implementing the GLEWS Agreement.
Members of the GLEWSTask Force participate in regular task force meetings. The main objective of these meetings is to further develop the concept originally brought to the fore in 2002 and make it operational.
The GLEWS Task Force is responsible for elaborating and updating the GLEWS work plan and providing guidance to and supervision of the Working Groups, according to the Work Plan approved by the GLEWS Management Committee. Furthermore, the GTF defines key early warning and joint response activities, when appropriate, linking with the existing response mechanisms.
The GLEWS Task Force also revises, when needed, the GLEWS technical document, including updates of the Standard Operating Procedures and Work Plan.
Each organization has designated GLEWS focal points that constitute the GLEWS Task Force.
The focal points are the points of entry into each organization and act as the interface between the GLEWS network and the respective early warning and response systems in use in these organizations, including in their respective regional offices. Other experts involved in disease surveillance and emergency response interact with the GLEWS focal points according to the situation. It is understood that the list of focal points is not restrictive and can evolve over time depending on the further development of the GLEWS initiative.
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GLEWS Working Groups
The GLEWS Working Groups (GWGs) will be set up by the GLEWS Task Force to advise on and assist in implementing the work plan according to the Terms of Reference (TORs) defined for each group by the GLEWS Task Force.
A GLEWS Working Groups do not exceed the number of 15 participants and is composed by a balanced representation of relevant officers from each organization (FAO, OIE and WHO), to act as experts in the field of the GLEWS Working Groups, plus independent experts selected and agreed by the three organisations. The task force members can participate in the working groups as experts.
At this stage, three GLEWS Working Groups are established to respond to the three main activities of GLEWS:
1) GWG on Tracking, Disease intelligence (Epidemiological Analysis and Modelling) and Early Warning activities
2) GWG on GLEWS platform
3) GWG on Response including socio-economic issues.
After each meeting, the GLEWS Working Groups submit a report including recommendations and conclusions to the GLEWS Task Force for the review and clearance.
Scientific Advisory Panel
A Scientific Advisory Panel could be established by the GLEWS Task Force on an ad-hoc basis to assist the GLEWS Task Force in providing answers on emerging scientific questions.