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WHO's financing dialogue

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A key element of WHO reform, the Financing Dialogue with Member States and key non-state contributors is designed to ensure that WHO is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of the health of populations in the 21st century. Two milestone financing dialogue meetings took place on 24 June and 25-26 November 2013.

Putting health first: What others are saying about WHO

Hear what stakeholders are saying about WHO in this short video produced for the launch WHO's Financing Dialogue.

The dialogue follows Member States' agreement on WHO's priorities for 2014-15, focusing on areas where the Organization has a unique function or comparative advantage. These priorities aim to improve the health of people around the world.

Highlights

WHO’s financing dialogue

A key element of WHO reform, the Financing Dialogue with Member States and key non-state contributors is designed to ensure that WHO is well-equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of the health of populations in the 21st century. The dialogue aims to ensure a match between WHO’s results and deliverables as agreed in the US$3.977 billions 2014-2015 Programme budget and the resources available to finance them, with the ultimate objective of enhancing the quality and effectiveness of WHO’s work. It aims to achieve full funding of the Programme budget.

The Dialogue was launched at a meeting on 24 June 2013 and a second Financing Dialogue meeting took place on 25-26 November 2013.

The 24 June meeting re-affirmed the principles of alignment, transparency, predictability, flexibility and broadening the donor base, in the first instance among Member States. The Secretariat and Member States committed to take action between the June and November meetings to ensure that we reach our shared goal of predictable funding aligned with the priorities defined by Member States.

Specific commitments made relating to the following principles at the June meeting included:

  • Alignment: The commitment to respect the priorities set by the World Health Assembly was strongly re-affirmed, with participants who expect to provide earmarked funds committing that this earmarking would be aligned to these priorities and presented in the Programme Budget.
  • Predictability: A number of Member States provided general indications of the amount and shape of their funding for 2014-2015 and committed to confirming their contributions by November. Others committed to be ready to share at least indicative information by November.
  • Flexibility: Several participants expressed their commitment to increase the flexibility of their funding, with some encouraging the Secretariat to explore incentives for contributors to provide more flexible funding.
  • Broadening the contributors base: Twenty donors provide more than 80% of WHO’s funding. The vulnerability inherent in this situation was highlighted and the importance of broadening the donor base, in the first instance among Member States, was underscored.
  • Transparency: Meeting participants endorsed a prototype of a web portal WHO is developing in response to Member State calls for increased transparency and accountability around WHO financing. The portal will provide access to real-time results and programmatic, budgetary and financial and monitoring information.
  • Continuing the discussion: Participants committed to continuing the discussion, in WHO Regional Committees and bilateral discussions, in the lead-up to the second Financing Dialogue meeting in November.