The EU in Global Health Governance

The EU supports the World Health Organisation as the leading authority on global health in the United Nations system.

-The EU speaks with one voice in WHO’s governing bodies. The Commission and the Member States establish a single EU position for delivery at WHO. The Commission cooperates with WHO Secretariat on health security, R&D, non-communicable diseases, health inequalities, as well as health systems and health information.

-The EU supports other global health multilateral processes and in particular the UN Human Rights Council, the UN General Assembly initiative on Non-Communicable Diseases, the health related Millenium Development Goals (MDGs), the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, as well as the Post-2015 development agenda.

The globalisation of markets for health products, devices and services, a sector where the EU is a world leader, brings significant market opportunities but also challenges for quality and safety standards.

The EU´s aim is to make Europe a healthier, safer place, where citizens can be confident that their interests are protected. A zero-risk society may not be possible but to reduce and manage risks for citizens.

The EU also supports other multilateral initiatives relevant to health, including:

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