World Vision International

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144th session of the Executive Board<br>24 January - 1 February 2019
Agenda Item: 
5.4 Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

World Vision applauds the WHO’s steps towards improved coordination globally to achieve the global goals, for example in the Align, Accelerate, Account joint action framework and the increased support to countries to develop more comprehensive and integrated health plans and budgets.

We first observe that there is a strong disconnect between the 2030 agenda and national prioritization of health, particularly within low and low-to-middle income countries, where health sector investments as a percentage of GDP are 1.5% and 2.4% respectively. It is clear that at this investment level SDG 3 objectives will not be achieved in these countries. As such, we call on the WHO to leverage “One UN”, and its 11 global health partners, to advocate at minimum the urgent doubling of these domestic expenditures.

2019 marks the 30th anniversary of the UN CRC, which has achieved near universal ratification. We would like to remind Member States that children continue to bear a disproportionate burden of health issues. We call on Member States to highlight the CRC during this year’s WHA, specifically examining progress against its articles, in particular the health-related articles 19, 24 and 34.

Finally, while noting the equal importance of all the health issues reported on in this assessment, we are compelled to call attention to the brevity of focus on the global pandemic of violence against children, which affects not 1 billion children as cited in this report, but 1.7 billion children annually, and subjects one third of girls globally to sexual violence. The physiological, behavioral and social effects of toxic stress are well documented, constituting a neglected yet major health determinant. We call on the WHO to review global investment into this issue, including compliance with the Global Plan of Action on interpersonal violence, and to urgently accelerate action to end violence against children.