The following statement—from Global Health Council, supported by The Hunger Project was submitted to the 148th session of the WHO Executive Board on Agenda Item 19.2: WHO reform: involvement of non-State actors in WHO’s governing bodies.
We urge the WHO to not re-invent the wheel and to build on the decades of work by the UN System as a whole to formally involve the Major Groups and Other Stakeholders (MGoS) machinery in its governance. MGoS was key in the development of the SDGs. They are democratic, self-governing and inclusive. Formal integration of MGoS into WHO governance will also advance WHO’s voice within the highly active communities of non-State Actors whose partnership is essential to building trust, confidence, and support for WHO and its objectives.