Health and Human Rights

WHO Consultations on Health and Human Rights

Periodically, WHO holds Informal Consultations on Health and Human Rights. The first was held on the 13-14 December 1999, the second on the 3-4 April 2000, and the third on 10 December 2002.

To commemorate Human Rights Day on 10 December 2002, the World Health Organization (WHO) convened a meeting which brought together a wide range of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). Some organizations from the health and/or development fields are actively integrating human rights into their work, while other human rights organizations are actively integrating health issues into their work. The meeting was an informal discussion and represented an opportunity to take stock from a variety of perspectives and to consider how to move the health and human rights agenda forward. Attached is a report (third informal consultation) containing some key points of discussion, analysis around these points and final conclusions and suggested ways forward drawn therefrom.