Global Health Council, Inc.
Global Health Council commends WHO on the Global Action Plan to support countries in achieving the health-related SDGs, and echo recommendations put forward by the Global Action Plan Civil Society Advisory Group.
We continue to advocate that the inclusion of civil society actors, including local partners and other communities with a wealth of knowledge in addressing complex health challenges, is critical to ensuring the success of the GAP. The inclusion of civil society must be deliberate, robust and transparent and must take place at both the development and implementation stages of the GAP. Moreover, civil society representation must include be diverse and representative by ensuring the inclusion of women, minorities, young people and other disenfranchised and marginalized people. This is the only way to ensure no one is left behind.
WHO must maximize engagement with platforms already in place such as various Country Coordinating Mechanisms, to ensure inclusion and mobilization of civil society, and provide transparency and accountability when assessing results. In addition, we recommend the establishment of an online platform that furthers engagement and coordination of stakeholders for the GAP, but also other global health movements, including UHC2030 and PMNCH. Such an online platform will lead to increased engagement, strengthening the means to which civil society can not only engage but hold governments to be more transparent and accountable in achieving global health commitments.
In turn, we call on Member States to support the Global Action Plan by hosting in-country consultations for local civil society, which is necessary to ensure a relevant plan of greatest impact at the national level. Moreover, Member States should ensure WHO and partners have the necessary resources to not only put this plan into action, but to also fully support efforts to ensure robust civil society engagement.