17-18 May 2019: Civil society meeting ahead of the 72nd World Health Assembly

The civil society meeting ahead of the Seventy-Second World Health Assembly, on 17-18 May 2019, builds on a long history of civil society engagement in global health governance and policy. The meetings organized by the Geneva Global Health Hub and its working groups and members aim at contributing to joint reflection and strategizing undertaken by civil society institutions considering themselves as “acting in the public interest”.

Tentative programme/schedule of the May meeting:

Friday 17 May 2019
09.00-18.00 hrs Closed civil society strategy meeting
WHO, civil society and “non-State actors”:
How to deal with a difficult relationship

This full-day civil society workshop builds on a session on WHO governance at the civil society meeting in January and will focus on three particular WHO governance processes/issues:

  1. Reform of WHO Governing Bodies and perspectives of a further shrinking space for civil society
  2. Interaction of the new WHO leadership with various “civil society” teams and in various processes: Representation and legitimacy issues
  3. WHO engagement with non-State actors:
    – FENSA evaluation
    – Strategies of the new WHO leadership for engaging with non-State actors (“partners”) including philanthropic foundations and the private sector based on / beyond FENSA

The workshop is organized by the G2H2 working group on WHO and global health governance and financing. It shall allow deepening the analysis (what’s the problem) and moving towards strategizing and cooperating (what needs to be done, what we can do together). The meeting is closed, for civil society organizations only (G2H2 members and other contacts, by invitation)

18.00-19.30 Reception
Saturday 18 May 2019
09.00-10.30 hrs G2H2 members only
G2H2 Annual General Meeting
10.45-16.00 hrs Series of public briefings and debates with invited guests
Civil society perspectives on selected global health topics:
72nd World Health Assembly and beyond

Series of four public briefings and debates (each of them 60 Minutes, with clearly determined slots) on selected global health topics, based on a call to G2H2 members to propose and introduce topics (the call was sent out at the end of March). Topics can be items on the WHA agenda or any other global health or health governance issue. This session shall allow sharing and discussing civil society assessments of selected items of the WHO governing meetings with senior WHO staff. The briefings and debates are also open for delegates of WHO member states; invitations to WHO staff and Geneva missions will be sent out when the topics of the four briefing are determined.

Including lunch break (13.00-14.00 hrs)

16.15-17.30 hrs Closed civil society roundtables
Civil society perspectives on selected global health topics:
From analysing and sharing to strategizing and cooperating

Four parallel roundtables will compliment the series of public briefings and debates and shall allow deepening the analysis (what’s the problem) and moving towards strategizing and cooperating (what needs to be done, what we can do together). This session is closed, for civil society organizations only (G2H2 members and other contacts, by invitation)

 

Save the dates! A full announcement and registration form will be available here by mid-April. And join G2H2 as an organization or individual member to get engaged and to support our work. For general enquiries, please get in touch with the G2H2 secretariat.