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:
High-level implementation plan and report
This report provides a comprehensive overview of progress up to the end of the first quarter of 2013 in the three broad areas of WHO reform: programmes and priority-setting; governance; and management. A formal report will be submitted to the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
WHO reform process from the initial consultation on the future of financing for WHO.