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25-26 November financing dialogue meeting

Two hundred and sixty-six representatives from 92 Member States and 14 non Member State partners came together in Geneva on 25-26 November 2013 to review WHO's funding outlook for 2014-15 and to work together to find solutions to address funding challenges. During this positive and constructive second Financing Dialogue meeting, the Secretariat reported that 61 per cent of the US$4 billion required for the 2014-15 Programme Budget is now available.

For the first time, Member State and other contributors provided funding projections to enhance the understanding of the organization's financial situation, and to better plan for delivery of results, in advance of the biennium. These projections totaled US $935 million, bringing to 85% the proportion of Programme Budget funding that is available or projected.

The dialogue examined various aspects of WHO’s financing and financial situation. Participants discussed ways to address the remaining shortfall, noting that the overall strong funding situation masked serious shortfalls in some programs. They stressed the importance of aligning available funds with Member State-agreed programmatic priorities. The meeting also noted some positive steps toward greater flexibility and predictability of funding and highlighted the importance of ensuring longer-term financing linked to the six-year General Programme of Work.

The new Programme Budget web portal received a particularly warm welcome. Participants acknowledged significant progress towards greater transparency and accountability, both for the flow of WHO’s resources and monitoring progress towards results. The Secretariat was encouraged to continue its efforts to ensure better reporting and a clearer indication of WHO's contribution to results. There was also wide support for the proposal to move towards more coordinated and coherent resource mobilization.

Participants agreed on the importance of continuing and enhancing the dialogue process. Further discussions will take place, for example, on proposals to develop a new approach to financing administrative and management functions, at the Programme, Budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board in January 2014. The Secretariat will also provide an update on the funding situation at the January Executive Board, and will present an evaluation of the Financing Dialogue and resource mobilization experiences to the World Health Assembly in May 2014.

The Financing Dialogue aims to ensure a match between WHO’s results and deliverables as agreed in the Programme Budget and the resources available to finance them, with the ultimate objective of enhancing the quality and effectiveness of WHO’s work.

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