[Ip-health] WHO EB146: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on WHO reform – Involvement of non-State actors in WHO’s governing bodies

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Feb 12 01:24:02 PST 2020


https://www.keionline.org/32234


WHO EB146: Statement of Knowledge Ecology International on WHO reform –
Involvement of non-State actors in WHO’s governing bodies

Posted on February 9, 2020 by Thiru

On Saturday, 8 February 2020, Knowledge Ecology International (KEI)
delivered the following statement on WHO reform – Involvement of non-State
actors in WHO’s governing bodies at the 146th session of WHO’s Executive
Board.
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Knowledge Ecology International
Meeting:
Executive Board 146
Agenda Item:
22.1 WHO reform – Involvement of non-State actors in WHO’s governing bodies
Statement:

Thank you Chair.

While we acknowledge the Secretariat’s efforts to develop pathways for more
meaningful involvement of civil society at the World Health Assembly and
the Executive Board, the Secretariat’s flawed proposal to create five joint
constituencies – three for NGOs, one for philanthropic foundations, and one
for international business associations is in dire need of a course
correction. At last count (February 2019), 217 entities were in official
relations with WHO. Given the diversity of actors ranging from
multinational corporate interests, foundations to public health champions
and noting the multiplicity of issues addressed by governing bodies
meetings for example, pandemic preparedness and response, snakebites,
nutrition, and expanding access to cancer treatments, the Secretariat’s
proposal could result in chaos and undermine democratic engagement at the
world’s leading health agency.

The Secretariat’s joint constituency proposal stands in stark contrast to
the customary practice of civil society engagement at other Geneva-based UN
institutions including at the World Intellectual Property Organization and
the Human Rights Council. We call upon the Executive Board to defer action
on document EB146/33 and request the Secretariat to present its revised
proposal to EB 148 in 2021.


-- 
Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org


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