Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

OECD and WHO established a framework for mutually agreed health priorities in 1999 and 2005, particularly in relation to health and development. The long-standing relationship focuses on issues of improving the collection, harmonization and dissemination of health data and indicators, issues in health systems and environment and health, and noncommunicable diseases.

In 2012, Zsuzsanna Jakab, Regional Director, WHO Regional Office for Europe and Yves Leterme, Deputy Secretary General of OECD signed a Joint Action Plan to intensify collaboration in the European Region in developing reliable health information and analyzing challenges to health systems and policy responses.

Work on health information therefore continues to be at the core of the collaboration, especially on defining indicators and joint datasets. There is also active collaboration in devising indicators for well-being as part of Health 2020 monitoring.

In the area of health systems, successful collaboration and joint meetings have been held that are linked to the Oslo and Tallinn meetings, and close collaboration with the senior budget official’s network of the OECD has been highly successful.

In 2016, WHO became an official Observer in the OECH Health Committee. Co-operation will be of particular importance in the coming period with the efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in all countries of the world.