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WHA 72 - EU Statement - Agenda item 6.1 - WHO governance reform processes - Involvement of non-State actors

Geneva, 29/05/2019 - 13:35, UNIQUE ID: 190529_7
Statements on behalf of the EU

WHO 72nd World Health Assembly Geneva, 20-28 May 2019 EU Statement - Agenda item 6.1 - WHO governance reform processes - Involvement of non-State actors

Honourable Chair,

Distinguished Director-General,


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

The Candidate Countries Montenegro[1], Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.


The European Union and its Member States wish to thank the Secretariat for presenting the report on Non-State Actors’ participation. We fully support the enhanced engagement of NSA with WHO, in full accordance with FENSA. We believe that WHO and governments cannot act in isolation from the communities we serve. We recognize the critical role the different types of Non-State Actors play in the communities.

We find the proposals in the document interesting. We think the idea to gather NSAs in constituencies might be a good way to encourage them to consolidate their positions and make it more meaningful in the debate. This is a practice that we witness even today, when many NSAs, the same way as Member States, make common statements.

The idea of health forum is also interesting, but it requires further discussions based on analysis on its financial and governance implications.

We welcome the efforts to develop strategies for improving engagement between WHO and civil society organizations through the creation of a joint working group and a WHO-Civil Society Task Team. We find the recommendations generated by this work to be relevant for our deliberations. Therefore, we would welcome more information on these recommendations, including for establishment of an Advisory Committee on WHO-CSO Engagement. We would also welcome a discussion on these recommendations in the Governing Bodies.

We look forward to further work on this agenda item and we reaffirm our commitment to make the engagement of NSAs more meaningful.

Thank you.


[1] Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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