Boosting implementation of Health 2020 and the 2030 Agenda: the WHO Small Countries Initiative (2017)



This three-part report provides information on the WHO Small Countries Initiative and how, through participation in its network, countries have been able collectively to strengthen the capacity, technical knowledge and governance they need to implement the European policy framework and strategy for the 21st century, Health 2020, and the United Nations 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. Part one of the report provides a full overview of the WHO Small Countries Initiative, including its ways of working, the kind of support it provides to the countries, the products it produces, and its vision of the way forward in the coming years. Part 2 consists of the report on the fourth high-level meeting of small countries, which took place in St Julian’s, Malta, in June 2017. The report highlights issues of interest to the small countries and provides information about their experiences as part of the Initiative, including challenges and lessons learnt. Part 3 provides a snapshot of WHO technical support provided to small countries and of outcomes related to this support.