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WHO’s engagement with non-State actors

WHO is the directing and coordinating authority in global health in line with its constitutional mandate. The global health landscape has become more complex in many respects, including the increase in the number of players in global health arena. WHO engages with non-State actors in view of their significant role in global health for the advancement and promotion of public health and to encourage non-State actors to use their own activities to protect and promote public health.

The Sixty-ninth session of the World Health Assembly has adopted the WHO Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA). The Framework endeavours to strengthen WHO engagement with non-State actors (NGOs, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions) while protecting its work from potential risks such as conflict of interest, reputational risks, and undue influence.

Documentation for the 70th World Health Assembly (22-31 May 2017)

Implementation of the Framework of Engagement with non-State actors

Document A70/52

Criteria and principles for secondments from nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions

Document A70/53



WHO's Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA)

Download the framework in PDF format below


Other Governing Bodies documentation on engagement with non-State actors

Report on implementation of the Framework of Engagement with non-State actors

Report by the Director General- Document EB140/41

Non-State actors in official relations with WHO

EB decision on engagement with non-State actors - Decision EB140(10)

Non-State actors in official relations with WHO - Document EB140/42

Criteria and principles for secondments from nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions

Human resources: update Criteria and principles for secondments from nongovernmental organizations, philanthropic foundations and academic institutions Report by the Secretariat - Document EB140/47



Register of Non-State Actors

The Register of has been established in order to manage WHO’s engagements with non-State actors transparently. To recall, a pilot version of this Register was launched during the January session of the Executive Board in 2015. Following the adoption of the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors (FENSA) in May 2016, a new version of the Register was established in time for the Seventieth World Health Assembly.


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