At the EU-WHO Strategic Dialogue on Health between the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Stella Kyriakides, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, the European Commission (EC) and WHO agreed to strategic cooperation in safety and global to improve health architecture. . They will also cooperate in the implementation of important initiatives, such as the new European Union Global Health Strategy launched this week, the European Health Union and the WHO priorities for the period 2022-2026.
The partners will mutually strengthen their work in areas of common interest, as called for by the EU Global Health Strategy, to further strengthen a strong multilateral system with the WHO at its core, driven by a strong EU.
Tackling the challenge of global health security together
Many important elements of global health security will be discussed over the next two years. These include the ongoing negotiations for a future pandemic agreement and amended international health regulations, the establishment of a permanent pandemic platform, the involvement of top global health leaders, and global health funding.
The EC and the WHO will coordinate closely in these discussions to form an effective multilateral system that considers the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic and provides comprehensive health security for citizens around the world.
“Our citizens expect a step change in global health security, and the new EU Global Health Strategy is our contribution to this process. Combating threats to health effectively requires a strong multilateral governance with a more effective, accountable and sustainably funded WHO at the center and where “The EU has a seat at the table. Strengthened strategic cooperation and coordination between the Commission and the WHO will be essential to deliver better health for all in a changing world,” said Stella Kyriakides, Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.
Other areas of cooperation include cross-border threats to health and digital health. To ensure mutual reinforcement in areas of common interest, both parties will review all current joint projects and actions until May 2023 and identify further areas of cooperation and specific projects to support. Both parties will meet in June 2023 to take stock, define the lines of future joint work and provide political impetus if necessary.
“A healthier Europe is a stronger and more prosperous Europe, and a stronger and more prosperous Europe is a stronger and more prosperous world. We look forward to expanding our cooperation with the European Union in the coming years for a healthier, safer and achieve a more just world,” said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General at the launch of the Strategy in Brussels.
The new EU Global Health Strategy provides a framework for EU health policy until 2030. It sets out political priorities and guiding principles to shape global health, and identifies concrete lines of action. It outlines what the Commission will do and what it invites the 27 EU member states to do, each strictly within their respective institutional powers and roles. The strategy is based on input received during a wide public consultation with a wide range of key stakeholders in Europe and beyond.