Research policy

Ministerial Summit on Health Research

Key Outcomes

The key recommendations of the Summit were synthesized into the "Mexico Statement on Health Research", a strategic document that guides WHO and other stakeholders in advancing health research and provide the foundation for resolutions on research policy, which were presented to the WHO Executive Board (January 2005) and will be discussed at the 58th World Health Assembly (May 2005).

Additional expected outcomes were:

  • A Mexico Summit Report summarizing and highlighting the Summit's deliberations;
  • An established network of high-level decision-makers who will meet regularly after the Summit to follow up on the resolutions;
  • A platform of specific initiatives to strengthen health systems and improve information access;
  • A commitment to hold a Ministerial Summit every 4 years to review progress and chart future directions.

The International Conference on Health Research for Development, which took place in the year 2000 in Bangkok, Thailand, articulated a plan of action on how health research could not only improve health, but also social and economic development. The plan focused on knowledge production, use and management; capacity development; financing; governance; and building a coalition for health research for development. It developed from a research community perspective and did not involve many other key stakeholders such as policy-makers, consumers, funders and the civil society. The Ministerial Summit intended to go a step further.

WHO will have an important role in catalyzing and coordinating global energies to support the implementation of the "Mexico Statement on Health Research". WHO would like to acknowledge its gratitude to a number of partners who provided support for preparatory activities and the organization of the Summit.

  • Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Department for International Development (DFID-UK)
  • European Commission
  • Global Forum for Health Research
  • Milbank Memorial Fund
  • Ministry of Health of Mexico
  • Pan American Health Organization
  • Rockefeller Foundation
  • Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA)
  • Swiss Development Corporation (SDC)
  • World Bank