Should WHO be accountable to businesses? Responses from two of the Candidates for WHO Director General
See the Open letter sent directly to the three candidates published in The Lancet:
The election of WHO’s next Director General will take place on Tuesday 23rd May at 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva. IBFAN has not expressed a preference for any candidate, however, along with 60 NGOs we have written to all three to ask how they intend to safeguard WHO from conflicts of interest. Two candidates, Dr David Nabarro and Dr Sania Nishtar, have responded and their letters are now published in the Lancet (see links below).
Response from Dr Sania Nishtar
Response from Dr David Nabarro
(1) Engagement where particular caution should be exercised
45 WHO will exercise particular caution, especially while conducting due diligence, risk assessment and risk management, when engaging with private sector entities and other non-State actors whose policies or activities are negatively affecting human health and are not in line with WHO’s policies, norms and standards, in particular those related to noncommunicable diseases and their determinants.
Along with others who are working on WHO governance, I appear – very briefly – (at 2.06 and 32.18) in this 90-minute documentary film made by the German TV company Sagamedia. It was broadcast the Artes TV Channel on 4th April 2017. Subtitles in English French and German