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Statement delivered by Estonia on behalf of the European Union under agenda item 5c at the WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67th session in Budapest


WHO Regional Committee for Europe 67th session

EU Statement


Agenda item 5(c): Towards a sustainable health workforce in the WHO European Region: framework for action

Budapest, 13 September 2017


I am speaking on behalf of the European Union and its Member States. The Candidate Countries Turkey, Montenegro*, Serbia* and Albania*, the country of the Stabilisation and Association Process and potential candidate Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia align themselves with this statement.


The EU and its member states support the framework for action prepared by the Secretariat which translates the global strategy in human resources for health workforce 2030 to the regional context. The framework for action is the best way to support member states of the European region to implement the strategic objectives set out in the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health and to accelerate progress towards achieving the population health objectives of health 2020 and the Agenda 2030.

The EU and its member states are committed to act on the 4 objectives of the Framework. A sustainable health workforce is one of the cornerstones of better health and Universal health Coverage and an enabling factor for inclusive economic growth and social cohesion.

The EU and its member states believe that this framework for action should be implemented taking into account the global ILO-OECD-WHO five year action plan on health employment and economic growth, adopted earlier this year by the World health assembly.

There is a need to work permanently on the challenges including gender inequality, geographical maldistribution, gaps in quality, decent working conditions and to adapt health systems to these challenges. The EU calls WHO European region member states to make best use of the proposed toolkit which draws on a collective wealth of critical resources and materials, so as to achieve sustained impact on health workforce.

The EU supports an integrated, intersectoral and multi stakeholders approach and the coordinated participation of civil society, nongovernmental organizations and private sector.

The EU requests the regional director to collaborate with member states and to provide technical support for their efforts to achieve sustainable health workforce.


Finally, the EU calls on member states to consider implementing the framework for action and the recommendations and the immediate actions of the UN Secretary General High-Level Commission on Employment and Economic Growth report.


Thank you


*Montenegro, Serbia and Albania continue to be part of the Stabilisation and Association Process.


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