In her opening statement, the Director-General of WHO Dr. Margaret Chan, stressed that donors want evidence that their investments in WHO bring results. At the same time, WHO needs adequate funding to meet the expectations of Member States.
–The obligations are a two-way street, Dr Chan said.
The aim is to achieve 70% financing for the 2014-2015 biennium by the end of the year.
As Member States have requested increased transparency in the financing of the organization, WHO has recently launched a web-portal to address this. The web-portal provides all stakeholders with insight into the financing of the organization.
The Norwegian Ambassador Steffen Kongstad in his statement said that Norway will continue its commitment to global health under the new government, and provided projections of financial contributions to WHO, subject to Parliamentary approval. Ambassador Kongstad further focused on the need for strengthened and increased results-reporting related to the financial reform of WHO, for which the recently launched webportal provides an information and reporting service that could be unique in the UN system.