Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO; Credit: MAEE

Luxembourg's Development Cooperation and the World Health Organization (WHO) have signed a new multi-annual strategic partnership.

On Thursday 18 June 2020, Luxembourg's Minister for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Affairs, Franz Fayot, and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, signed, from a distance, a new multi-annual strategic partnership between Luxembourg's Development Cooperation and the WHO.

Since WHO is a long-standing partner of Luxembourg's Development Cooperation and one of the largest multilateral partners in the health field, the Grand Duchy has committed itself to a new four-year funding period (2020-23). This commitment provides greater predictability and flexibility, allowing the WHO to use contributions where they are most needed and most urgent. The new partnership attaches particular importance to the priorities shared by Luxembourg and the WHO, namely the strengthening of health systems, their sustainability and access to quality care and treatment for all. Particular emphasis is placed on vulnerable populations. The focus on universal health coverage and emergency preparedness has also been strengthened, while adding particular attention to gender (#GenderMainstreaming) and research, promoting among other things the relations between the WHO and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH ).

The partnership is also in line with the objectives of #TripleBillionTargets, the cornerstone of the 13th WHO general programme of work.

In signing the new partnership, Minister Franz Fayot stressed that "[t]he objective is to align our strategic axes and, therefore, to maximise the impact on the ground, in particular in the priority partner countries of Luxembourg Cooperation, located mainly in Africa".

Dr. Tedros added: “The partnership with Luxembourg is very special and we are very grateful for the multi-annual and flexible funding granted to us".