This year, because of building work at the UN Palais, NGOs in official relations with WHO will be limited to 4 delegates. I will join IBFAN team again and we will certainly be using the 3 new WHO reports that show the important of strong marketing safeguards:
Prov. agenda of the Seventy–fifth World Health Assembly Report by the DG 22nd May – 28th May 2022https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/EB150/B150_40-en.
Preliminary schedule: https://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA75/A75_GC1-en.pdf.
Public Health Emergencies:Tuesday
Maternal, Infant, and Young Child Feeding Friday.
Non State Actors in Official Relations (such as IBFAN) can listen and intervene on some of these meetings. On the Working Group on Emergency Preparedness (WGPR Intersessional Informal Meeting (Systems and Tools / Finance) on 24th March, I made the following intervention:
IBFAN – like all public interest civil society – supports the call from Germany for a long overdue increase in Member States contributions to WHO. This is important for so many reasons, but essential if WHO is to continue to lead in emergency preparedness and response. Without such secure income and in the absence of strong safeguards on COI there are huge risks. IBFAN is especially concerned about the need to protect infant and young child feeding and of course breastfeeding – a lifeline in emergencies. We see now that appeals and funds are being attracted to the WHO Foundation and we’re very, very concerned about this and feel that its policy must be strengthened and donors carefully screened. The Foundation has recently dropped an exclusion criteria from its initial guidance guidelines that would have forced it to reject funding from companies that do not contribute to “a healthy diet.” And its messages have failed to follow WHO policy and alert the public to the risks of donations of feeding products.
Articles about WHO Funding
Report issued by a team around Jonathan Glennie based on research funded by the BMGF, adapting Glennie’s “global public investment” proposal (The Future of Aid: Global Public Investment) narrative to the field of financing pandemic preparedness and response
South Centre Research Paper No. 147 (28 February 2022): Can Negotiations at the World Health Organization Lead to a Just Framework for the Prevention, Preparedness and Response to Pandemics as Global Public Goods?
By Viviana Muñoz Tellez This paper advances that WHO Member States, having agreed to the objectives of advancing equity and solidarity for future pandemic prevention, preparedness and response, now must operationalize these. The paper offers suggestions for the ongoing WHO processes of: 1) review of recommendations under examination by the Working Group on Strengthening WHO Preparedness and Response to Health Emergencies, 2) consideration of potential amendments to the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005, and 3) elaboration of a draft text for an international instrument on pandemic preparedness and response.
Elaine Ruth Fletcher, Health Policy Watch: “United States Fast Tracks Proposal to Change WHO Rules on International Health Emergency Response” https://healthpolicy-watch.news/united-states-fast-tracks-world-health-assembly-proposal-to-change-global-emergency-response-rules/
Human Rights Principles for a Pandemic Treaty
Ongoing publication project and informal working group convened by OSF
A final/full version of the “10 principles” is expected to be published by the end of March
Main messages: https://www.icj.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/Pandemic-Treaty-Principles.pdf
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The politics of a WHO pandemic treaty in a disenchanted world
G2H2 research and advocacy project 2021.
Members of the Geneva Global Health Hub are currently exploring a follow-up action
Dear non-State actors in official relations,
Please find attached the draft concept note for the” Informal WHA75 pre-meetings for Member States, non-State actors in official relations and the Secretariat” to take place over 4 days during the period from 11 April to 6 May 2022. The informal meeting is organized as per the decision of the Executive Board at its 150th meeting. In developing the concept note, the comments and input from non-State actors who attended the planning meeting on 28 February on the concept and content for the meeting , have been considered.
The proposed dates and the agenda for the informal WHA75 premeeting are:
Monday 11 April 2022 at 10:00-13:00 CEST
Pillar 1: One billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage
13.1 Follow-up to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases:
(a) Draft implementation road map 2023–2030 for the global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases 2013–2030
(d) Draft recommendations on how to strengthen the design and implementation of policies, including those for resilient health systems and health services and infrastructure, to treat people living with noncommunicable diseases and to prevent and control their risk factors in humanitarian emergencies
(h) Draft action plan (2022–2030) to effectively implement the global strategy to reduce the harmful use of alcohol as a public health priority
21 April 2022 at 15:30-18:30 CEST
Pillar 1: One billion more people benefitting from universal health coverage
- Human resources for health
Pillar 3: One billion more people enjoying better health and well-being
17.1 Maternal, infant and young child nutrition
3rd item TBD
28 April 2022 at 15:00-18:00 CEST
Pillar 2: Public health emergencies: preparedness and response
15.2 Strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies
15.4 WHO’s work in health emergencies
Pillar 4: More effective and efficient WHO providing better support to countries
Thursday 6.5. at 10.00-11:00 CEST
Feedback on the meeting
The duration of each session is 3 hours, with 3 agenda items for discussion, and with expected participation as panel members from Member States, WHO Secretariat including regional offices and non-State actors in official relations. We would propose that non-State actor representative will moderate the sessions like last time. It is expected that panel members will be respond to questions from the audience and discuss with other panel members on the agenda item. The fourth session on 6 May is dedicated for a discussion on engagement modalities for non-State actors, and to a dialogue between non-State actors and the Director-General as well as giving a space for non-State actors to prepare for the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly (22 – 28 May 2022). Should you have any suggestions for the format or agenda items of the meeting or comments, especially for the 3rd agenda item on 21 April, please contact email@example.com.
We are calling for expressions of interest from non-State actors to be members of the panels as well as moderators of the panels in this meeting. Kindly indicate your interest to Taina Nakari at firstname.lastname@example.org by 27 March 2022. Please also let us know which session you are interested in to moderate or to be a panel member. Once all the proposals have been received, we will contact the panel members and moderators to finalize arrangements. Looking forward to working with you to shape the sessions.
Connection details and other practical arrangements will be sent ahead of the meeting.
Thanking in advance for your participation.
Dr Gaudenz Silberschmidt
Health and Multilateral Partnerships