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WHO’s engagement with non-State actors

Engagement an important element of WHO’s role in global health governance

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.

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:


Referenced information

Policy documents that will be replaced by the Framework of engagement with non-State actors once approved
Other relevant policies, not to be replaced by the Framework of engagement
More background documents

NGOs in official relations

Earlier governing body documents on engagement with non-State actors

Informal consultations on engagement with non-State actors