On 11 March 2022 the Authorities of France and WHO convened for his or her annual strategic dialogue in Geneva, Switzerland. The assembly was opened by H.E. Mr Jérôme Bonnafont, Ambassador, Everlasting Consultant, Professor Jérôme Salomon, Director Basic of Well being, Ministry of Solidarities and Well being, and Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-Basic, Dr Hans Kluge, Regional Director for Europe and Dr Matshidiso Moeti, Regional Director for Africa. The discussions centered on the best way to strengthen the worldwide structure, together with accelerating equitable entry to well being applied sciences inside the COVID-19 response through ACT-A; well being emergency preparedness and response; the “One-health method”; the WHO Academy; Common well being protection; non-communicable ailments; and psychological well being. The 2 companions additionally mentioned concrete measures to reinforce cooperation given the event of a brand new French International Well being Technique.
Her Excellency, Ms Stéphanie Seydoux, French Ambassador for International Well being and Dr Tedros each agreed that the strategic dialogue had a specific resonance this yr given the more and more alarming state of affairs in Ukraine. “As we face an more and more unstable world, the strategic partnership between France and WHO is ever extra vital,” mentioned Dr Tedros. “I thank the Authorities of France for its longstanding dedication to protected, equitable and accessible healthcare for essentially the most susceptible.”
France is a key participant within the world well being enviornment and has a protracted and productive partnership with WHO. With the intention to assist WHO’s key management position for the reason that starting of the COVID-19 pandemic, France’s contributions to WHO doubled from US$ 73 million in 2018-2019, to US$ 141 million in 2020-2021. Furthermore, within the final biennium, France grew to become one of many prime 5 contributors of thematic funding and stays one of many donors who proceed to assist the core voluntary contributions account, offering useful versatile funding to the Group. As well as, France has now joined the Contingency Fund for Emergencies, that permits WHO to quickly reply and disburse provides and funds wherever on the planet within the occasion of a well being emergency.
A pacesetter in supporting revolutionary initiatives, in February 2022 France signed a brand new €50 million contribution settlement with WHO supporting the ACT-Accelerator Well being Programs and Response Connector to strengthen well being methods to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Via our strategic partnership, we’re working collectively to consolidate efficient, united and inclusive world well being governance” mentioned H.E. Mr Bonnafont. “We had been glad to attend this yr’s bilateral assembly, that was very fruitful, in particular person in Geneva,” added H.E. Ms Seydoux. “We coated many concrete areas of dialogue and cooperation, within the acutely worrying context, and as we proceed to cope with the unprecedented pandemic disaster.”
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