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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 142nd Session of the Executive Board (22-27 January 2018)

Engagement with non-State actors


Report by the Director General - Document EB142/28


Non-State actors in official relations with WHO - Document EB142/29


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

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Guide for staff on engagement with non-State actors

In line with the provisions set in the Framework of engagement with non-State actors (FENSA), a guide for Staff has been developed to help WHO staff at all three levels of the Organization understand and apply FENSA .This document offers guidance on how WHO’s Staff may engage with non-State actors, as well as elements on the process to be followed.



Register of Non-State Actors

The Register of Non-State Actors 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.


Informal consultation on the Handbook to guide non-State actors in their interaction with WHO

For the implementation of the Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors, WHO has been developing a Handbook to guide non-State actors in their interaction with WHO. With the purpose of encouraging dialogue and exchanging views and comments to enrich the development of the Handbook, WHO held an informal consultation with non-State actors on 5 May 2017 at WHO Headquarters.


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