Help Shape the Future of Collaboration of Civil Society with WHO

This post was written by Kate Dodson,  Vice President, Global Health, United Nations Foundation. On May 22, Global Health Council, United Nations Foundation and several partners hosted an official side event on the sidelines of the 71st World Health Assembly intended to foster dialogue and build consensus among Member State delegates, WHO officials, and civil society representatives around how civil society can best contribute – in partnership with WHO and governments at all levels and in varying contexts – to delivering the goal of Health for All. View the live-takeaways on Twitter using the hashtag #Together4Health.

Dr. Tedros at the WHA71 side-event on May 22. Photo: GHC

Early this year, at the request of WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a Task Team was established to explore how to strengthen WHO’s collaboration with civil society organizations at all levels (country, regional and headquarters), and to examine the range of ways in which civil society can help advance the new General Programme of Work, adopted at the 71st World Health Assembly.

 Through a series of workshops, consultations, and a survey of over 150 globally diverse CSOs, the Task Team has identified opportunities to deepen, systematize and capitalize on WHO’s partnerships with CSOs going forward. This presentation outlines very preliminary recommendations, which will be developed and refined through further consultations with the Task Team, WHO, and CSOs more broadly. This Task Team’s preliminary set of recommendations can be found here:

Now is your opportunity to help shape the future of collaboration with WHO. Please review the recommendations and provide feedback via this online survey:

Partnership was a major theme of discussions last week in Geneva. According to Dr. Tedros, “We need to believe in the power of partnerships. This was the essence of the SDGs. We are lagging behind in reaching these goals and we need to work together4health to move forward.” This is just the beginning – the Task Force needs your input as they advise WHO’s next steps.

Please provide feedback no later than Friday, 8 June. The Task Team will convert these recommendations into a full report, planned for a mid-summer release.