Tied Funds To WHO, But Flexible Funds To Its Partners: Sustainable Financing Working Group Confronts Challenges

WHO partners have long eclipsed the UN’s only technical agency – they are better funded and increasingly have exercised greater power and influence on global health in Geneva and in countries around the world. As WHO’s working group on sustainable financing gets down to work, it is bringing to light the extent to which its financing is tied – this includes even those funds coming from partner agencies.

The inter-governmental working group on sustainable financing met late last month (April 29-30) for its second meeting and set off discussions on the potential ways to prioritize essential functions of the WHO given the limited access to “sustainable funds” that the organization currently has.

Geneva Health Files spoke to diplomatic sources who were present at the meeting, to get an understanding on the discussions evolving within the working group. The emergency preparedness resolution currently being discussed among WHO member states is expected to come up with a set of recommendations for this working group.

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