Coronavirus (1018) Invitation: 13.10.2020 CSO-WHO DG Dialogue ­ Social Participation and Accountability

8 October, 2020

Dear all,

Please find below an invitation to the next Civil Society dialogue with Dr Tedros...

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Subject: Invitation: 13.10.2020 CSO-WHO DG Dialogue – Social Participation and Accountability

Dear civil society colleagues,

We have the pleasure to invite you to participate in an interactive civil society dialogue with WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on the theme “Social Participation and Accountability Within and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic”, to take place on Tuesday 13 October 14:00-15:30 Central European Summer Time (GMT + 02:00). This invitation is open to all civil society members, please share this invitation with your networks.

This dialogue forms one of the dialogues in the series of Civil society - WHO Director General dialogues selected by CSOs to be organized on different topics of interest for the civil society related to COVID-19 response. It is organized by Community of Practitioners on Accountability and Social Action in Health (COPASAH), Geneva Global Health Hub (G2H2) Civil Society Engagement Mechanism for UHC2030 (CSEM) and the civil society co-chair of the UHC2030 Social Participation Technical Network (SPTN),

This session will focus on three interrelated challenges in the promotion of social participation and accountability as a core element of good governance within and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic:

In its interaction with Member States on promoting social participation and accountability at country level, WHO to provide political leadership beyond technical guidance

In its own fields of work and related institutional processes and arenas, WHO to consistently deal with civil society engagement as a matter of social participation and accountability

Civil society organizations, networks and platforms to get better organized in the promotion of good governance at all levels and at the same consistently address own shortcomings in the field of participation and accountability

The agenda draws from an input paper [PDF], which was broadly circulated with civil society in the recent weeks, about the challenges seen thus far and commitments to be made by both WHO leadership and civil society.

Programme and panellists

Welcome and Opening remarks

Panel 1: WHO to promote social accountability beyond providing “technical” guidance to countries

Panelists:

Diane Nsubuga, Living Goods, Uganda, SPTN

Khuat Thi Hai Oanh, SCDI, Vietnam, CSEM

Renu Khanna, Society for Health Alternatives, India, COPASAH

Remarks by Dr Tedros

Panel 2: WHO to consistently deal with institutional civil society interaction as a matter of social accountability

Panelists:

Angela Nguku, White Ribbon Alliance, Kenya, GAP Civil Society Advisory Group

Thomas Schwarz, MMI Network, Switzerland, Geneva Global Health Hub

Jake Suett, Anaesthetist and Intensive Care Doctor, UK, ACT-A Diagnostics Pillar

Remarks by Dr Tedros and WHO staff

Moderator: Justin Koonin, ACON, Australia, CSEM/SPTN

Please find below the link to connect to the dialogue “Social Participation and Accountability Within and Beyond the COVID-19 Pandemic”, on Tuesday 13 October 14:00-15:30 Central European Summer Time below. You may wish to down load the Zoom application. Once you have connected, you can choose your language English/ French.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://who.zoom.us/j/95616610777

Password: Stardust@1

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We invite you to post your questions and comments related to the session in advance and vote on them on Slido starting now until the end of the Dialogue. Please find the link to Slido here: https://app.sli.do/event/9tv9vwha

Kind regards,

Gaudenz

Dr. Gaudenz Silberschmidt

Director Health and Multilateral Partnerships

External Relations, World Health Organization

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