WHO Relations

The Alliance is in Official Relations with WHO and enjoys Consultative Status with ECOSOC. This status also allows us to make statements as a non-state actor at the WHO governing body meetings (EB) and  during the world Health Assembly (WHA).  It also enables us to spread awareness at WHO and international meetings; and with WHO support, organise annual NGO Briefings during the WHA.

Alliance Statements at the EB & WHA



Seventy-first World Health Assembly (A71/1)

  • Agenda Item: 
11.1 Draft thirteenth general programme of work, 2019–2023
Honourable Chairperson, Distinguished Delegates,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Alliance for Health Promotion, an alliance of international NGOs involved in health promotion with an aim to empower communities and individuals to gain ownership over their own well-being and enjoyment of a healthy life.
We support the Thirteenth General Program of Work as presented in draft document EB142/Rev3, underscoring Sustainable Development Goal 3, which calls for healthy lives and the promotion of well-being for all at all ages, and support the three strategic priorities as set out in the GPW13, namely: Universal health coverage; Address health emergencies and Promotion of healthier populations.
We, the Alliance and our member societies accept your invitation in paragraph14 to the global health community to work with the WHO in order to optimize the efforts to meet these priorities. The Mission Statement of the Alliance is to empower and involve communities to work on measures to improve health through health promotions.
As stated in items 34, 38, 41 and 42 of the GPW13, health care resources can be a barrier to achieving these goals and priorities. There is strong evidence that the involvement of nongovernmental organizations help to define cost-effective measures to promote healthy living and new care models. As such, we are keen to work with you and to share our expertise to further increase the impact of the implementation of GPW13.
We would like to highlight that financial efficiency and human resource education and support are both required for achievement of goals.
We support the need for healthy living starting before birth, supporting healthy pregnancies, nurturing early childhood development through to nurturing and supportive senior care through to dignity in death.

  • Agenda Item:

11.7 Preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, to be held in 2018

Speaker: Zuzana Kusynová from the International Pharmaceutical Federation (FIP)

Honourable chair, distinguished delegates,

Thank you for the opportunity to speak on behalf of the Alliance for Health Promotion, a global organization representing the views and expertise of civil society on health promotion.

Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) cause premature deaths and people of all age groups, regions and countries are or could be affected. NCDs are long-term conditions that require a long-term approach in response.

The Alliance for Health Promotion strongly advocates for on-going health promotion activities to reduce common risk factors contributing to NCDs. Clearly, empowering individuals and communities with ownership of knowledge and means to be in better control of their health would contribute to an effective response to NCDs and underlying risk factors.

Awareness is key. We applaud UN and WHO on organising the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs. It will present the opportunity for countries to demonstrate their commitment to invest in NCDs programmes and planning. As well, it will strengthen the engagement of multiple stakeholders involved in NCDs-related health action, advocacy, literacy and health promotion. We would like to stress again that a health promotion approach can achieve a great impact in the fight against NCDs. 

Equally, we welcome the initiatives of WHO and other partners in promoting health and physical activity, such as the recent ‘Walk for Talk: The Health for All Challenge’ event. This event, together with the events organised through the Alliance contribute to the promotion of healthy behaviours, thus contributing to reducing the burden of NCDs.

Finally, we would like to reaffirm our commitment to contribute to WHO work.

Thank you for your attention.


  • EB 140, Agenda item 11.1 Statement  (Jan, 2017)
  • WHA69, Agenda item 12.4 Statement (May, 2016)

Agenda item: 12.4 :Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases:                   responses to specific assignments in preparation for the third High-level                      Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and                        Control of Non-communicable Diseases in 2018

Agenda item 14.5 :Contributing to social and economic development : sustainable action across sectors to improve health and health equity (follow-up of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion)

  • WHA61, Agenda item A61/17 Statement (May, 2008)