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What is WHO reform?

WHO reform aims to position the Organization to better address the increasingly complex challenges of health in the 21st century.

By establishing clear priorities, combined with adopting better management and governance practices, we can better serve the global health community. WHO reform enables us to more effectively fulfill our constitutional mandate as the “directing and coordinating authority on international health work.”

The reform process has three objectives:

  • Improved health outcomes, with WHO meeting the expectations of its Member States and partners in addressing agreed global health priorities, focused on the actions and areas where the Organization has a unique function or comparative advantage, and financed in a way that facilitates this focus.
  • Greater coherence in global health, with WHO playing a leading role in enabling the many different actors to play an active and effective role in contributing to the health of all peoples.
  • An Organization that pursues excellence; one that is effective, efficient, responsive, objective, transparent and accountable.

“...to act as the directing and coordinating authority on international health work.”

Article two, WHO Constitution