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WHO’s engagement with non-State actors

Engagement is a key aspect of WHO’s role in global health governance and non-State actors play a critical role in supporting WHO’s work to fulfil its constitutional mandate.

Open-Ended Intergovernmental Meeting on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors

At its 136th session the Executive Board noted that important progress has been made in the elaboration of the Framework of engagement with non-State actors, but that further improvements are needed especially but not limited to the issues listed in the annex to the decision of the Executive Board (EB136(3)), with a view to its adoption by consensus at the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly.

In accordance with operative paragraph 2 of this decision, the Director-General has been requested to convene an Open-ended Intergovernmental Meeting from 30 March to 1 April 2015 with a view to discussing the textual proposals submitted by Member States. In addition to the textual proposals submitted by Member States the documentation of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Meeting includes:

Provisional agenda for the open-ended intergovernmental meeting on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors (EB/FENSA/OEIGM/1)

Extract from document EB136/DIV./3

This document reproduces decision EB136(3) as contained in document EB136/DIV./3 for the purpose of the deliberations of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Meeting on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors (EB/FENSA/OEIGM/2).

Extract from document EB136/5 (EB/FENSA/OIEGM/3)

This document reproduces the text of the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors as contained in the Annex of document EB136/5 (EB/FENSA/OEIGM/3)

Textual proposals submitted by Member States on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors (EB/FENSA/OIEGM/4)

The above documents should serve together with the compilation of textual proposals submitted by Member States by February 16, 2015 contained in document EB/FENSA/OEIGM/4 below as a basis of the discussions during the Open-ended Intergovernmental Meeting on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors

The submission of Bolivia (Plurinational State of) had been sent in time but did not reach the Secretariat, probably for a technical reason. It is provided below and should be read in conjunction with the other submissions summarized in the above compilation.

The open-ended intergovernmental meeting has requested the Secretariat to produce an informal document (non paper) reflecting the comments from Bolivia and minor editing corrections.

Draft programme of work for the Open ended intergovernmental meeting on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors (EB/FENSA/OEIGM/5)


Report by the Secretariat to the Executive Board

The report by the Secretariat to the Executive Board session 136 (EB136/5) sets out (i) the main issues raised by Member States and (ii) the Secretariat’s proposals for addressing these issues. A revised version of the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors based on the comments made is proposed in the Annex. The full report can be found in the links below.

Framework of engagement with non-State actors (EB136/5) [pdfs, 300–580kb]

The decision (WHA67/14) reached at the World Health Assembly about the draft Framework can be found on page 7 of the document below [pdfs 130–430kb]:

In this decision, the Director-General was requested:

(a) to prepare a comprehensive report of the comments made by Member States during the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly and the follow-up comments and questions raised, including clarification and response thereon from the Secretariat, by the end of July 2014; and

(b) to submit a paper to the Executive Board at its 136th session in January 2015, ensuring that Member States receive it by mid-December 2014, in order to allow them sufficient time to study the content and to be better prepared for discussion and deliberation.

Decision WHA67/14 was based on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors (A67/6).

Draft Framework on engagement with non-State actors A67/6 (pdfs 300-600kb)

The Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly had welcomed the progress made on the draft Framework of engagement with non-State actors, but recognized that further consultations and discussions were needed. The Health Assembly has therefore invited Member States to submit specific follow-up comments and questions and decided that the regional committees in 2014 should discuss this matter.

The Director-General was requested to prepare a comprehensive report of the comments made by the Member States during the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly and the follow-up comments and questions raised, including clarification and response thereon from the Secretariat.

This document is now submitted together with the draft Framework of engagement for consideration by all regional committees. While each region received its own official document, the content is identical and also reproduced here for information purpose:

Framework of engagement with non-State actors: report by the Secretariat to the Regional Committees


Consultations with the WHO Regions

The document below summarizes the feedback received from the regional committee meetings that were held between September and November 2014.

Framework of engagement with non-State actors: Information on regional committee debates (EB136/INF./2) [pdfs, 100–350kb]


Responses to specific requests to the Secretariat

Member States made specific requests to the Secretariat that were summarized in the report by the Secretariat to the regional committees. Below are the responses to these requests:


Referenced information

Policy documents that will be replaced by the Framework of engagement with non-State actors once approved
Other relevant policies, not to be replaced by the Framework of engagement
More background documents

NGOs in official relations

Earlier governing body documents on engagement with non-State actors

Informal consultations on engagement with non-State actors