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CONGRESSIONAL ACTION

Senator Booker Leads WHO Support Letter to President Trump

Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) led a letter with 33 of his colleagues urging President Trump to reverse his decision to withdraw from the World Health Organization (WHO). They warned in the letter that American withdrawal from WHO will upend efforts to implement a collective international response to the COVID-19 pandemic, inevitably put American lives and economic interests at risk, and undermine American leadership within the international community, while empowering China.

No WHO Withdrawal Act

Senators Chris Coons (D-DE) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the No WHO Withdrawal Act to prevent President Trump’s attempt to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization and prohibit congressionally appropriated funds from being used to execute a withdrawal. According to a Joint Resolution of Congress, the United States can withdraw from the WHO under two conditions: the United States must provide notice one year before withdrawing and must fulfill its financial obligations. Congress holds the constitutional power to prevent appropriated funds from being used to support the President’s unilateral decision. The No WHO Withdrawal Act would block funding for a U.S. withdrawal and assert that it is U.S. policy to continue to work within the WHO to reform and improve the organization. The bill text is available here.

Sen. Cardin Introduces Resolution Condemning Trump Decision to Withdraw from WHO

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD.), a senior member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and Senate Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, introduced a new resolution, S.Res. 653, expressing the sense of the Senate that withdrawing from WHO undermines our national priorities and endangers America’s public health. Read Sen. Cardin's statement regarding the new resolution.

 

STATEMENTS FROM GHC

Global Health Council Urges U.S. Global Health Leadership Through Continued Investment and Engagement in WHO

On July 7, Global Health Council released the following statement in response to the recent news that the Trump Administration has begun the process to officially terminate its relationship with the World Health Organization. Read the full statement.

Statement Concerning the United States Government’s Decision to Terminate Relations with the World Health Organization (WHO)

This sign-on statement was led by GHC, Action for Global Health, Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC 2030, RESULTS, and WACI Health. Read the full statement.

Global Health Council Urges Trump Administration to Reconsider Withdrawal from WHO

On May 29, GHC released the following statement in response to the Trump Administration’s announcement of its intention to terminate its relationship with the WHO. Read the full statement.

Global Health Community Urges Trump Administration to Continue Funding World Health Organization

On April 24, over 1,000 organizations and individuals joined our call for ongoing WHO support and collaboration. Read the full statement.

MEMBER STATEMENTS

NCCN Letter of Support for the World Health Organization

On July 16, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) spearheaded a letter signed by groups representing patients, researchers, and caregivers sent to President Trump urging reconsideration of WHO withdrawal. Read the letter.

Withdrawal from WHO Leaves U.S. More Vulnerable to COVID-19 and Future Pandemics

On July 15, the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the HIV Medicine Association, the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, and the Society of Infectious Diseases Pharmacists released the following statement following the Trump Administration decision to withdrawal from WHO. Read the full statement.

IntraHealth, Frontline Health Workers Coalition Urge US Policymakers to Maintain WHO Ties

On July 15, IntraHealth International joined the Frontline Health Workers Coalition in urging US policymakers to restore the US’s affiliation with WHO and to cease moving forward on terminating the relationship. Read the full statement.

Statement by UN Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens on U.S. Formal Notification of Withdrawal from WHO

On July 7, United Nations Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens released the following statement in response to the U.S. formal notification of withdrawal from WHO. Read the full statement.

ICRW Calls on U.S. Global Health Leadership to Continue Investment in WHO

On July 7, ICRW called on the Trump Administration to reverse its decision to end the long-standing relationship with WHO. Read the full statement.

To End World Hunger, #WeNeedWHO

On July 7, The Hunger project released the following statement strongly urging the Trump Administration to reverse its decision to officially withdrawal from WHO. Read the full statement.

PATH CEO urges US to re-commit to WHO

On May 30, PATH CEO Nikolaj Gilbert released the following statement urging the U.S. to recommit to WHO. Read the full statement.

Standing with the World Health Organization

On May 30, RESULTS Executive Director Dr. Joanne Carter said the following in response to the White House announcement of its intention to sever ties with WHO in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Read the full statement.

Announced Termination of the U.S. Relationship with WHO is Damaging and Dangerous Amid Global COVID-19 Outbreak

On May 29, the United Nations Foundation President and CEO Elizabeth Cousens released the following statement in response to the U.S. announcement that it will terminate its relationship with WHO. Read the full statement.

World Vision statement on U.S. leaving the World Health Organization

On May 29, World Vision released the following statement calling on the U.S. Government to rejoin WHO. Read the full statement.

Global Health and Human Rights Organizations Denounce Trump Administration Decision to Pull Commitments to WHO during COVID-19 Crisis

On April 16, AVAC, Health GAP, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), and Treatment Action Group (TAG) released the following statement strongly condemning the Trump Administration’s decision to halt funding to WHO in the midst of the urgent COVID-19 global health crisis. Read the full statement.

World Vision statement on funding hold to World Health Organization

On April 15, World Vision released the following statement calling on the U.S. Government to reconsider its decision to halt funding to WHO. Read the full statement.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Global Health Briefing Book: Global Health and Multilateral Organizations

Released by Global Health Council

What Defunding WHO Means for America 

Released by Better World Campaign

Fact Check: The World Health Organization and COVID-19 

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The World Health Organization and the U.S.: A brief history of collaboration

Released by Infectious Diseases Society of America

The U.S. Government and the World Health Organization

Released by Kaiser Family Foundation

The WHO Explained

Released by the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Georgetown University

The US Cannot Withdraw from the WHO Without First Paying Its Dues

Released by Just Security