Thirty-seventh session


Ways of Strengthening the Mechanisms of Collaboration of National and Regional Nongovernmental Organizations with WHO

         The Regional Committee,

         Taking note of resolution WHA38.31, in particular operative paragraph 5;

         Having considered the report of the Sub-Committee on Programmes and Technical Cooperation;*

         Recognizing the significance of the real and potential contribution of nongovernmental organizations to health development at both regional and national levels;

         Noting that all the sections of the Revised Working Principles governing relations with nongovernmental organizations, drafted by the Standing Committee on Nongovernmental Organizations of the Executive Board, were endorsed by the latter at its seventy-seventh session in January 1986 with the exception of section 5 concerning relations at regional and national levels;

  1. URGES Member States to take all necessary steps to promote better coordination and to develop collaborative activities with nongovernmental organizations, including the preparation of an inventory of nongovernmental organizations and the improvement of communication;
  2. REQUESTS the Regional Director:
    (1) to establish for a two-year trial period a mechanism for the development of working relations with selected regional and national nongovernmental organizations, based on an agreed plan of work over a specified period of time, within the framework of the procedure set out in section 2.4 of the Revised Working Principles governing relations with nongovernmental organizations;
    (2) to report to the Regional Committee at its fortieth session on the experience gained at the end of the two-year trial period with a view to the formulation of detailed guiding principles governing relations with nongovernmental organizations at regional and national levels.

* WPR/RC37/9

19 September 1986

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