WHO Follow-up to the World Summit on Sustainable Development
Partnerships and Initiatives
WSSD Type-2 Contributions
Healthy Environments for Children Alliance. One of WHO's principal contributions to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) is the Healthy Environments for Children Alliance(HECA), inaugurated at WSSD. HECA's overall objective is to scale up global action to address priority health dangers and risks in the places where children live, are educated, and play. For information on WHO involvement in other Type 2 Partnerships/Initiatives, please see the Health and Sustainable Development Partnerships listing on the official WSSD Web site.
Other Partnerships/Initiatives Relevant to Health and Sustainable Development
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the member states of the United Nations, through their adoption of the Millennium Declaration, resolved to work towards a world in which sustaining development and eliminating poverty would have the highest priority. The Millennium Development Goals grew out of the agreements and resolutions of world conferences organized by the United Nations in the past decade. The goals have been commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress. Achieving the health-related MDGs forms part of WHO's contribution to the follow-up to WSSD. The work of WHO's Commission for Macroeconomics and Health forms an important part of this. For more information on the Millennium Development Goals, see the below offsite links.
- Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
- Achieve universal primary education
- Promote gender equality and empower women
- Reduce child mortality
- Improve maternal health
- Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases
- Ensure environmental sustainability
- Develop a global partnership for development
WEHAB. The WEHAB initiative was proposed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as a contribution to the preparations for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD). It seeks to provide focus and impetus to action in the five key thematic areas of Water, Energy, Health, Agriculture and Biodiversity and ecosystem management that are integral to a coherent international approach to the implementation of sustainable development and that are among the issues contained in the Summit’s Draft Plan of Implementation. WHO's active involvement in the WEHAB initiative forms another important contribution to the WSSD follow-up process. For more information on WEHAB, see the below offsite links.
- A Framework for Action on Agriculture [.pdf, 151KB]
- A Framework for Action on Energy [.pdf, 178KB]
- A Framework for Action on Health and Environment [.pdf, 196KB]
- A Framework for Action on Water & Sanitation [.pdf, 224KB]
- A Framework for Action on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Management [.pdf, 193KB]
Other Publications and Articles Relevant to WHO Follow-up to WSSD
Report on the Commission of Macroeconomics and Health. The Commission on Macroeconomics and Health (CMH) was established in January 2000 by Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, Director-General of the World Health Organization, to study the links between increased investments in health, economic development and poverty reduction. Two years later, the Commission produced a landmark report, based on several in-depth studies and reports, that highlights the need for a global coalition to scale up essential health interventions, especially to the poor. The report is entitled Macroeconomics and Health: Investing in Health for Economic Development. The CMH report has placed health firmly at the centre of the development agenda and argues that by taking essential interventions to scale and making them available worldwide, 8 million lives could be saved each year by 2010. To achieve this would require increased investment in health and determined action by governments, and the international community that would translate to economic gains in the order of US$ 360 billion each year during the period of 2015-2020.