WHO / WHO FOUNDATION LAUNCH

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The head of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus launched the WHO Foundation in Geneva today describing it as a “historic step” for the Organization. WHO

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DATELINE: 27 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Wide shot, WHO emblem outside headquarters

27 MAY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“It is well documented that one of the greatest threats to WHO’s success is the fact that less than 20 percent of our budget comes in the form of flexible assessed contributions from Member States, while more than 80 percent is voluntary contributions, from Member States and other donors, which are usually tightly earmarked for specific programmes. In effect, that means WHO has little discretion over the way it spends its funds, almost 80 percent of its funds.”
4. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“But for WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate, there is a clear need to broaden our donor base, and to improve both the quantity and quality of funding we receive – meaning more flexible funding. Since February 2018 we have been hard at work supporting the establishment of the WHO Foundation.”
6. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“And today, after hard work of two years - more than two years - it gives us enormous pleasure to launch it officially, to launch the WHO Foundation. This is a historic step for WHO, as an integral part of our resource mobilization strategy to broaden the contributor base.”
8. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Thomas Zeltner, Founder, WHO Foundation:
“Its primary mission is to address the most pressing global health challenges of today and tomorrow by raising significant new funding for WHO from non-traditional sources; and I stress that, from non-traditional sources.”
10. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Professor Thomas Zeltner, Founder, WHO Foundation:
“The Foundation will work with individual, major donors, with the general public and with corporate partners to strengthen the global health ecosystem by supporting WHO’s resource mobilization strategy, broaden WHO donor base and supporting its five years strategy.”
12. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
13. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The human cost of COVID-19 has been devastating, and the so-called lockdown measures have turned lives upside down. But the pandemic has given us a glimpse of what our world could look like if we took the bold steps that are needed to curb climate change and air pollution. Our air and water can be clearer, our streets can be quieter and safer, and many of us have found new ways to work while spending more time with our families.”
14. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser
15. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“As some countries start to re-open their societies and economies, the question we must answer is whether we will just return to the way things were, or whether we will learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us about our relationship with our planet. Building back better means building back greener.”
16. Wide shot, WHO officials at presser

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The head of the World Health Organization Tedros Ghebreyesus launched the WHO Foundation in Geneva today describing it as a “historic step” for the Organization.

The WHO Foundation is an independent grant-making entity. Headquartered in Geneva, the Foundation will support global public health needs by providing funds to WHO and trusted implementing partners, to deliver on WHO’s goals.

Tedros said, “It is well documented that one of the greatest threats to WHO’s success is the fact that less than 20 percent of our budget comes in the form of flexible assessed contributions from Member States, while more than 80 percent is voluntary contributions, from Member States and other donors, which are usually tightly earmarked for specific programmes. In effect, that means WHO has little discretion over the way it spends its funds, almost 80 percent of its funds.”

Tedros added that for WHO to fulfil its mission and mandate, “there is a clear need to broaden our donor base, and to improve both the quantity and quality of funding we receive – meaning more flexible funding.” He noted that the Foundation would act “as an integral part of our resource mobilization strategy to broaden the contributor base.”

Professor Thomas Zeltner, founder of the WHO Foundation, said its primary mission is to address the most pressing global health challenges of today and tomorrow by raising significant new funding for WHO from “non-traditional sources.” He said the Foundation will work with “individual, major donors, with the general public and with corporate partners to strengthen the global health ecosystem by supporting WHO’s resource mobilization strategy, broaden WHO donor base and supporting its five years strategy.”

Turning to COVID-19, Tedros said the human cost of pandemic “has been devastating, and the so-called lockdown measures have turned lives upside down.” However, he stressed that the pandemic has “given us a glimpse of what our world could look like if we took the bold steps that are needed to curb climate change and air pollution; our air and water can be clearer, our streets can be quieter and safer, and many of us have found new ways to work while spending more time with our families.”

The WHO chief reaffirmed that as some countries start to re-open their societies and economies, “the question we must answer is whether we will just return to the way things were, or whether we will learn the lessons the pandemic is teaching us about our relationship with our planet.” He added, “Building back better means building back greener.”
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