“The High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth was established by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in March 2016, and was tasked to propose actions to stimulate the creation of health and social sector jobs as a means to advance inclusive economic growth.The Commission was chaired by His Excellency the President of France, Mr François Hollande, and His Excellency the President of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma; and co-chaired by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr Ángel Gurría, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
The Commission Report Working for health and growth: Investing in the health workforce was launched on 20 September 2016 and called for bold actions and urgent investments globally in order to prevent a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers, primarily in low- and middle-income countries, and help countries to maximize the social and economic benefits of increased health employment.
The Commission concluded that investing in the health workforce is needed to make progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals, including gains in health, global security and inclusive economic growth. The commission made 10 recommendations for realising those gains, through appropriate investments in health employment that can power economies, move countries closer to universal health coverage and act as a bulwark against outbreaks.
The need for action is urgent. The Commission called for five immediate actions by March 2018 to secure commitments and accountability for accelerated health workforce investments. The first immediate action called upon the Vice-Chairs of the Commission from WHO, ILO and OECD to convene all relevant stakeholders by the end of 2016 to develop a five-year action plan.
The purpose of the High-Level Ministerial Meeting is to agree on a five-year action plan for further consultation. This meeting will bring together governments, including the ministers of education, finance, health, labour and foreign affairs, and the permanent missions to the United Nations; employers, health worker associations and unions, civil society, global initiatives, agencies and multilateral organizations, regional organizations, financing institutions and the private sector engaged in health, education, youth, gender equality, decent work, and inclusive economic growth.
The High-Level Ministerial Meeting program will feature visionary and high-impact decision-makers, leaders, innovators and investors representing all stakeholder groups to explore game-changing opportunities and actions that can and are being taken to implement the Commission’s recommendations. Interactive panels, roundtables and an investors forum will examine ways in which to translate the recommendations into actions. Participation in the meeting is by invitation oly. The meeting will be live webcast online.
Further details will be updated and added to this website as they are finalized including the full program, submissions to the call for contributions and the five-year action plan. Contact ComHEEG@who.int for more information.”