WHO’s engagement with non-State actors
Engagement is a key aspect of WHO’s role in global health governance and non-State actors play a critical role in supporting WHO’s work to fulfil its constitutional mandate.
Open-Ended Intergovernmental Meeting on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors
At its 136th session the Executive Board noted that important progress has been made in the elaboration of the Framework of engagement with non-State actors, but that further improvements are needed especially but not limited to the issues listed in the annex to the decision of the Executive Board (EB136(3)), with a view to its adoption by consensus at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly.
In accordance with operative paragraph 2 of this decision, the Director-General has been requested to convene an Open-ended Intergovernmental Meeting from 30 March to 1 April 2015 with a view to discussing the textual proposals submitted by Member States. In addition to the textual proposals submitted by Member States the documentation of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Meeting includes:
The submission of Bolivia (Plurinational State of) had been sent in time but did not reach the Secretariat, probably for a technical reason. It is provided below and should be read in conjunction with the other submissions summarized in the above compilation.
Report by the Secretariat to the Executive Board
The report by the Secretariat to the Executive Board session 136 (EB136/5) sets out (i) the main issues raised by Member States and (ii) the Secretariat’s proposals for addressing these issues. A revised version of the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors based on the comments made is proposed in the Annex. The full report can be found in the links below.
Framework of engagement with non-State actors (EB136/5) [pdfs, 300–580kb]
The decision (WHA67/14) reached at the World Health Assembly about the draft Framework can be found on page 7 of the document below [pdfs 130–430kb]:
In this decision, the Director-General was requested:
(a) to prepare a comprehensive report of the comments made by Member States during the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly and the follow-up comments and questions raised, including clarification and response thereon from the Secretariat, by the end of July 2014; and
(b) to submit a paper to the Executive Board at its 136th session in January 2015, ensuring that Member States receive it by mid-December 2014, in order to allow them sufficient time to study the content and to be better prepared for discussion and deliberation.
Decision WHA67/14 was based on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors (A67/6).
Draft Framework on engagement with non-State actors A67/6 (pdfs 300-600kb)
The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly had welcomed the progress made on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors, but recognized that further consultations and discussions were needed. The Health Assembly has therefore invited Member States to submit specific follow-up comments and questions and decided that the regional committees in 2014 should discuss this matter.
The Director-General was requested to prepare a comprehensive report of the comments made by the Member States during the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly and the follow-up comments and questions raised, including clarification and response thereon from the Secretariat.
This document is now submitted together with the draft Framework of engagement for consideration by all regional committees. While each region received its own official document, the content is identical and also reproduced here for information purpose:
Framework of engagement with non-State actors: report by the Secretariat to the Regional Committees
Consultations with the WHO Regions
The document below summarizes the feedback received from the regional committee meetings that were held between September and November 2014.
Framework of engagement with non-State actors: Information on regional committee debates (EB136/INF./2) [pdfs, 100–350kb]
Responses to specific requests to the Secretariat
Member States made specific requests to the Secretariat that were summarized in the report by the Secretariat to the regional committees. Below are the responses to these requests:
Study on practices of organizations of the United Nations system relating to conflict of interest in their engagement with the private sector
- Additional information about financing, in-kind contributions, secondments and type and level of engagement with non-State actors
Summary of consultations conducted by the Special Envoy on WHO's engagement with non-State actors
Terms of reference for the Engagement Coordination Group (ECG)
List of partnerships where WHO is involved
Policy documents that will be replaced by the Framework of engagement with non-State actors once approved
Principles governing relations between the WHO and NGOs
Guidelines on working with the private sector to achieve health outcomes
Other relevant policies, not to be replaced by the Framework of engagement
Regulations for expert advisory panels and committees
Regulations for study and scientific groups, collaborating institutions and other mechanisms of collaboration
Financial regulations of the World Health Organization
Resolution WHA63.10: Partnerships (on page 17)
WHA63.10 Partnerships - Annex 1: Policy on WHO engagement with global health partnerships and hosting arrangements
Guide for WHO collaborating centres
Terms and conditions for WHO collaborating centres
Guidelines for Medicine Donations (2011)
Medical device donations: considerations for solicitation and provision (June 2011)
- Licensing and the WHO emblem
More background documents
NGOs in official relations
Earlier governing body documents on engagement with non-State actors
Report by the Secretariat on framework of engagement with non-State actors
Report by the Secretariat on governance reform
Report by the Director-General on key issues for the development of a policy on engagement with nongovernmental organizations