SEA/RC62/11 - Collaboration within the UN system and with other international agencies and partnerships
AbstractThe recognition of health as a key element for sustainable development and global security has resulted in a substantial increase in global resources for health in recent years; these stood at US$ 22 billion in 2007. At the same time, the diversity and number of health actors have also increased significantly. With this proliferation of actors in health, WHO, particularly at country level must coordinate its work, through effective partnerships, not only with government authorities and other UN agencies, but also with donors, NGOs and the private sector, in order to ensure alignment of health strategies and goals and other development objectives. This paper provides an overview of WHO’s collaboration within the United Nations system and with other international agencies and partnerships over the last year. It reflects the Organization’s efforts in collaborating with a diverse and complementary array of partners to improve the effectiveness of the global health community in accelerating the achievement of the internationally-agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals, with particular emphasis on those focusing on improving global health. The attached working paper was submitted to the High-Level Preparatory (HLP) Meeting for its review and recommendations for consideration by the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee. The HLP meeting made the following recommendations: Action by Member States (1) To develop national strategic frameworks for coordinating external assistance for health and assuring alignment with national health development goals, plans and strategies; (2) to build partnership coordination mechanisms at country level; and (3) to analyse the benefits and challenges of UN reform on health development activities at country level. Action by WHO/SEARO (1) To support Member States as appropriate during the UNDAF development process; (2) to build capacity of Member States to take forward the harmonization and alignment agenda at country level; (3) to support country offices to become key actors in national health partnerships; and (4) to provide Member States with an analysis of the impact of “Delivering as One” UN reform processes on health outcomes at country level from the eight pilot countries. The paper is now submitted to the Sixty-second Session of the Regional Committee for its consideration.
World Health Organization, Regional Office for South-East Asia. (2009). SEA/RC62/11 - Collaboration within the UN system and with other international agencies and partnerships. WHO Regional Office for South-East Asia. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/128456