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WHO reform

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WHO is reforming to be better equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of the health of populations in the 21st century. From persisting problems to new and emerging public health threats, WHO needs to be flexible enough to respond to this evolving environment.

The process of reform is Member State-driven and inclusive. The three objectives were defined at the Sixty-fourth World Health Assembly and at the Executive Board’s 129th session.

  • Improved health outcomes, with WHO meeting the expectations of its Member States and partners in addressing agreed global health priorities, focused on the actions and areas where the Organization has a unique function or comparative advantage, and financed in a way that facilitates this focus.
  • Greater coherence in global health, with WHO playing a leading role in enabling the many different actors to play an active and effective role in contributing to the health of all peoples.
  • An Organization that pursues excellence; one that is effective, efficient, responsive, objective, transparent and accountable (EBSS/2/2).

Three distinct and interconnected fields of work have emerged in line with these objectives:


Task Force on Resource Mobilization and Management Strategies

In 2012, the Director-General established a Task Force on Resource Mobilization and Management Strategies, co-chaired by the Deputy Director-General and the Regional Director for the WHO European Region, to review the Organization’s current financial situation and to propose a strategy and a clear action plan to enable WHO to fully finance the programme budget (PB) 2014–2015 and beyond. The recommendations in the Task Force’s final report fall into 10 broad areas, within which detailed practical proposals are made.

  • WHO reform stage 2 evaluation – final report
    This independent evaluation has assessed the status of action taken on the recommendations of the stage one evaluation, modalities of implementing the reform proposals, the adequacy of the implementation plan and the change management strategy.