WHO and IPU renew partnership to advertise and defend the well being, well-being of all individuals



The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and WHO at present signed a brand new Memorandum of Understanding, reaffirming the important position that parliamentarians play in enabling good well being to foster secure and equitable societies.

The brand new five-year memorandum was signed by Mr Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary Normal, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-Normal, on the 148th IPU Meeting, which is happening in Geneva from 23 to 27 March 2024. Each organizations decide to proceed working collectively to advertise, present and defend the well being and well-being of all individuals, in every single place. It renews a historic dedication made in 2018 to leverage their respective scientific and political mandates to handle persistent and rising challenges dealing with populations worldwide.

The memorandum reinforces important areas of cooperation that align with international well being priorities, particularly common well being protection, international well being safety, well being promotion and decreasing well being inequities, particularly in relation to sexual and reproductive well being and rights.

It additionally provides new cross-cutting areas of labor, together with responding to local weather change, help to the government-led negotiations on a brand new pandemic settlement, and sustainable financing for well being. This consists of collaboration on this 12 months’s first WHO Funding Spherical to beat the historic imbalance between assessed and voluntary contributions, the distortions this creates, and the problems WHO faces with insufficiently predictable and versatile financing.

WHO Member States are staging their newest spherical of negotiations on a world settlement on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response earlier than scheduled consideration of a proposal for adoption on the 77th World Well being Meeting in Could 2024. The proposed settlement goals to supply a foundation for worldwide cooperation that was missing through the COVID-19 pandemic. Parliaments are instrumental in supporting the method in the direction of adoption, in addition to in guiding the follow-up concerns at a nationwide stage.

Parliamentarians play a necessary position in setting insurance policies, prioritizing investments and making certain accountability to advance public well being. Political management in service of the general public saves lives and protects well being by making certain communities and nations are higher ready and designed to be more healthy and safer. WHO appears ahead to working even nearer with the IPU and parliamentarians worldwide to advance efforts to guard and promote individuals’s well-being, from negotiating a pandemic settlement to forestall a repeat of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, to investing in common well being protection.”


Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-Normal

Mr Martin Chungong, IPU Secretary Normal, stated: “The COVID-19 pandemic was not an remoted incidence. One other pandemic will occur. It isn’t a query of if, however when. Parliaments have a key position, which is why we’ll proceed working with WHO in any respect ranges to boost consciousness amongst parliamentarians on the pandemic settlement and different international well being processes; to present parliamentarians entry to technical experience and knowledge; and to help them to pursue their nationwide well being priorities and again them with the required laws and sources.”

Milestones of the IPU and WHO’s earlier collaboration embrace a landmark IPU decision in 2019 on attaining common well being protection, various sensible sources for parliamentarians comparable to a current handbook on common well being protection, and quite a few occasions which have introduced collectively well being specialists and parliamentarians.

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