Humanitarian Health Action

Criteria for WHO participation in meetings

1. Essential Information

  • Title of meeting/event
  • Subject matter/Agenda
  • Place/Date
  • Gender/geographical perspective

2. Criteria for participation/attendance

  • Political agenda: what has WHO to gain from participating
    • Value of meeting for WHO strategic approach either for mitigation of impact of crises on health issues or the response in upcoming or ongoing crises.
    • Value of organizers/other participation
    • EHA (co)organizer
    • Representation and steering the agenda
    • Official participation in Networks because WHO is a member
    • Alliances/partnerships
    • Intelligence (or to understand from the others what is going on)
  • Technical Expertise: what has WHO to add/learn by participating
    • Personal expertise/skills/work plan to be transferred to other colleagues
    • Facilitating work of others
    • Channelling of WHO expertise
    • Exploring new areas that might be relevant to our work
  • Advocacy
    • Advocacy for health issues
    • Coordination
    • IASC processes/partnerships
    • Contribution to the meeting
    • Priority area of work
    • Resource mobilization
    • Added value in view of networking/lobbying
  • Is WHO requested to make a presentation, or a statement, etc.?
  • Elements of cost, beside staff time ( not only the time cost, but alternative uses of time foregone)
  • Possibility of representation by others, e.g. WHO Departments/regional/country offices, discussed/approved
  • Availability of funds/human resources to cover participation

3. Proposal