Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

WHA 69 - EU Statement - Agenda item 11.3

Bruxelles, 28/05/2016 - 09:00, UNIQUE ID: 160722_3
Statements on behalf of the EU

WHO - 69th World Health Assembly (23-28 May 2016) - Agenda item11.3: FENSA

I’m speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States.

The EU would like to thank the Chair of the FENSA process for his unfaltering commitment to taking this complicated process forward to the finish line.

During this process we have all tried to improve the set of rules governing WHO’s engagement with non-State actors, albeit that our emphasis and perspectives have been varied. For the EU, the following principles have been indispensable:

First, WHO is a leader and an active partner in Global Health, and in order to be that, WHO has to be able to engage with a large variety of different actors. Strengthened multisectoral and multi-stakeholder cooperation is also crucial for the implementation of Agenda 2030.

Second, this engagement has to happen in a way that manages any risks in an appropriate manner.

Third, the framework that guides this engagement has to be implementable, which means that the workload required is proportional to the risks and benefits of the engagement.

Fourth, the framework has to be consistently applied in all regions and at all levels of the organization.

Fifth, the framework cannot prevent WHO from performing its duties in the protection and promotion of health, including in emergency situations.

Mr Chair,

To conclude, we applaud the hard-earned consensus that was reached after lengthy negotiations and express our support for the draft resolution.

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