SEA/RC60/14 - Progress reports requested by member states: WHO and reforms of the UN system: impact at country level
AbstractThis paper reviews the reform agenda of the United Nations with implications on health and WHO activities at the country level, and reports on the status of WHO’s involvement in support of Member countries of the South-East Asia Region. The paper recognizes the significant impact the various UN reform agendas have on WHO activities and on its relations with national authorities. Also noting that none of the eight “One UN” pilot countries are in the South-East Asia Region, the paper highlights that keeping Member countries informed on developments in these eight countries would facilitate informed decision while Member countries consider their reaction to UN reforms and to the enlargement of the list of pilot countries. The paper suggests that the impact of UN reforms will depend on Member countries’ reaction to three interlinked processes: consultations on the UN Secretary-General’s Highlevel Panel on UN System-wide Coherence (HLP-SWC) report; evaluation of “One UN” pilot programmes; and the Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review of Operational Activities of the United Nations Development System (TCPR) in 2007. At the country level, an inter-sectoral dialogue mainly between officials of ministries of foreign affairs and health will enable the health sector to gain optimally from the UN reform process. Such dialogue will facilitate coherent reform policies and directions for better health and development outcomes to be presented and agreed upon at the UN and WHO governing body forums. The Regional Office is planning to organize a meeting to facilitate such a dialogue between officials of the ministries of foreign affairs and health to explore areas of synergy. This paper was reviewed by the Joint Meeting of Health Secretaries and the Consultative Committee for Programme Development and Management held in the Regional Office, New Delhi, 2-6 July 2007. The Joint Meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States To actively participate in the regional meeting planned by the Regional Office in October 2007 with the aim of facilitating dialogue between Health officials and Foreign Affairs officials and contributing to the UN reform debates; and to propose to set up a WHO Executive Board Working Group to investigate the implication of UN reform and the work of WHO and provide recommendations through the Executive Board on UN reform. Action by WHO-SEARO To facilitate capacity building in Member States towards understanding and actively participating in UN reform and its implication on health; and to communicate to Member States on the progress made and lessons learnt from UN reform and the work of WHO, including updates from the eight “One UN” pilot countries. The document is now submitted to the Sixtieth session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South East-Asia. (2007). SEA/RC60/14 - Progress reports requested by member states: WHO and reforms of the UN system: impact at country level. WHO Regional Office for South East-Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128566