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.
As part of its governance reform, WHO is revisiting its policies on engagement with non-State actors, including nongovernmental organizations, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions. This page provides all necessary background documentation to this part of the reform process.
A draft framework of engagement with non-State actors was submitted to the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly in May 2014.
Draft Framework on engagement with non-State actors A67/6 (pdfs 300-600kb)
The decision (WHA67/14) reached at the World Health Assembly about the draft framework can be found on page 7 of the document below:
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
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
- Background information to the regional committee paper on non-State actors as requested by Member States
Mapping of WHO’s engagement with non-State actors
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