Alzheimer's Disease International
Thank you for the opportunity to deliver this statement on behalf of Alzheimer’s Disease International, supported by the UK Working Group on NCDs, an network of 20 civil society organisations. We are grateful to the Secretariat and to Member States for considering how NSAs in official relations can participate meaningfully in WHO governing body meetings. In relation to item E and the annexe of document EB 144/34, we request Member States to consider the following:
• We appreciate that the opportunity for NSA to submit statements two weeks in advance of EB and WHA meetings to allow Member States to consider priorities of NSAs, but it must remain feasible for these statements to be updated to reflect evolving texts or Member State discussions after this deadline.
• While the preparation of joint statements has many advantages, the required coordination is time consuming. If the time allotted to NSA statements at an EB or WHA meeting is to be shortened, we politely request that at least 5 hours’ notice is given for those making joint statements.
• The value of an informal forum is dependent on the participation of both NSAs and Member States, and scheduling must allow for maximum participation by both parties. An informal meeting in January, ahead of the PBAC meeting and the EB session would minimise travel burden on both Member States and NSAs, and would provide fruitful opportunities for discussion on priorities to be taken forward to both the EB and WHA meetings. A meeting directly before WHA would likely be poorly attended by Member States, while travel costs of an additional journey to Geneva for a stand-alone meeting would exclude many NSAs, especially those based in LMICs.
• Further information on measures to encourage Member State participation should be outlined. We also urge the Secretariat to provide options for virtual and interactive participation.
Thank you for your attention.