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Headline data

Source: World Health Organisation (WHO)

Geographical Area: United Kingdom

Unit of Measurement: Percentage (%)

This table provides metadata for the actual indicator available from UK statistics closest to the corresponding global SDG indicator. Please note that even when the global SDG indicator is fully available from UK statistics, this table should be consulted for information on national methodology and other UK-specific metadata information.

Indicator available
Indicator description
Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

Unit of measurement

Percentage (%)


International Health Regulations (IHR) - The IHR provide an overarching legal framework that defines countries’ rights and obligations in handling public health events and emergencies that have the potential to cross borders. They are an instrument of international law that is legally-binding on 196 countries, including the 194 WHO Member States.

Core capacities - The public health capacities required to detect, assess, notify and report events, and respond to public health risks and emergencies of national and international concern. States Parties are required to have these in place throughout their territories pursuant to Articles 5 and 12, and Annex 1A of the IHR (2005) requirements by the year 2012. The thirteen core capacities defined in this document are shown under the IHR core capacity dropdown.

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Other information

Data are based on self-assessment by the UK.

Scores give the percentage of attributes that have been attained for each core capacity using a standard WHO instrument (questionnaire).

The headline figure for the UK is expressed as an average of all 13 core capacities.

UK data for 2016 and 2017 are available from the World Health Organisation but are not included here as they are not directly comparable with more recent data due to a change in the questionnaire used to collect data.

Data follows the UN specification for this indicator. This indicator has been identified in collaboration with topic experts.

Data last updated 15 November 2021
Metadata last updated 15 November 2021

This table provides information on metadata for SDG indicators as defined by the UN Statistical Commission. Complete global metadata is provided by the UN Statistics Division.

Indicator name

International Health Regulations (IHR) capacity and health emergency preparedness

Target name

Strengthen the capacity of all countries, in particular developing countries, for early warning, risk reduction and management of national and global health risks

Global indicator description
UN designated tier

Tier I

UN custodian agency

World Health Organisation (WHO)

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World Health Organisation (WHO)



Earliest available data


Geographical coverage

United Kingdom

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Release date 20 July 2021
Next release


Statistical classification


Contact details

Other information

To download UK tables use above link and go to IHR Score per Capacity, select “Euro” and “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and year. Then press “All scores details.”

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