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Health governance in the public interest?: WHO redefines conflicts of interest and risks undermining public health mandates
17/05/2018 at 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Ever since public-private partnerships (PPPs) have been hailed as a key policy model, the World Health Organization (WHO) has promised to upgrade its conflict of interest measures to ensure its mandate is not jeopardized by close relationships with private sector actors. Our 2009 Laureate IBFAN scrutinises these promises.
On 17 May, IBFAN will be holding a meeting in Geneva that will focus on conflicts of interest in relation to the emerging system of undemocratic global ‘multi-stakeholder governance’. The aim is to stimulate debate about undue influence in health and nutrition policy-making and the need to prevent a reduction of WHO’s role to that of a fundraiser and broker of public-private hybrids. Key actions include correcting policy documents such as WHO’s ‘Framework of Engagement with Non-State Actors’ (FENSA), questioning harmful discourses, and opening up space for public scrutiny.