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TWN Info Service on Health Issues (Nov17/01)
2 November 2017
Third World Network 

Dear friends and colleagues,

The World Health Organization (WHO) is getting ready to release its General Programme of Work.

The Draft Concept Note towards WHO's 13th General Programme of Work (dtGPW) proposes to work for a “transformed WHO”, following up on the new Director-General’s promise to render the WHO “fit for the 21st century. The draft Concept Note proposes to ‘align’ the Global Work Programme “towards the Sustainable Development Goals” (SDGs), asserting that there is a “remarkable alignment of the SDGs with WHO’s constitution.”

We are pleased to share with you a paper by public health expert Dr. Judith Richter (attached). The paper points at some suggestions where ‘aligning’ WHO towards the SDGs risks undermining WHO's capacity to fulfil its constitutional mandate and prime functions. This may be the case, in particular, with respect to the SDG 17 which, in the words of WHO, is “a cross-cutting goal on means of implementation that is relevant to all the others…”  

Dr. Richter raises a central concern around the implications of "multi-stakeholder governance" and the role of WHO as an enabler of "partnerships".

With best wishes,

Third World Network

 


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