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May 2014 newsletter on WHO reform

Change@WHO follows the developments of WHO reform; each issue will report on the three strands of programmes and priority setting, governance and managerial reform. Change@WHO is published three times per year.

WHO reform

WHO is reforming to be better equipped to address the increasingly complex challenges of the health of populations in the 21st century. From persisting problems to new and emerging public health threats, WHO needs to be flexible enough to respond to this evolving environment.

The reform has three aims: programmatic reform to improve people’s health; governance reform to increase coherence in global health and managerial reform in pursuit of Organizational excellence.

Talking about financing

Two hundred and sixty-six representatives of 92 Member States and 14 non-Member State partners came together in Geneva on 25 and 26 November 2013 to review WHO’s funding outlook for 2014-15 and to work together to address funding challenges. “This well-constructed dialogue will strengthen WHO’s intended democracy,” said Norwegian Ambassador Steffen Kongstad in his opening statement.


News and events

  • September/October 2014

    Regional Committee meetings: agenda item "Framework of engagement with non-State actors"

    The report by the Secretariat to the Regional Committees forms the basis for discussion on the "Framework of engagement with non-State actors" during the various Regional Committee meetings.

  • November 2013

    WHO reform stage 2 evaluation – final report

    This independent evaluation has assessed the status of action taken on the recommendations of the stage one evaluation, modalities of implementing the reform proposals, the adequacy of the implementation plan and the change management strategy.

  • November 2013

    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.

Latest reports on reform