10. How does WHO/Europe support countries to achieve the SDGs?
While SDG implementation is a responsibility of Member States, WHO/Europe offers them tailored support at different levels.
At sub-regional and national level, WHO/Europe is facilitating the mainstreaming of the SDG into countries’, networks’, initiatives’ and partners’ activities. The Regional Office directly supports countries in promoting more collaborative work across government sectors, mainstreaming health in development policies, include a focus on equity in health policies, advocating for the efficient use of domestic and private financing for health and well-being, and highlighting the role of international public financing. Member States’ monitoring and reporting is also supported through a number of initiatives, health information networks and evidence-informed policy networks. The SDGs have been fully incorporated into WHO/Europe’s Country Cooperative Strategy and in the Bilateral Cooperative Agreements. In countries where UNDAF processes are in place, WHO/Europe is working together with UN Resident Coordinators, UN Country Teams and other UN other agencies to provide coordinated support to governments.
At Regional level, WHO collaborates with other UN agencies and has agreed a common Regional UN position and approach along with a platform for exchange of information. WHO/Europe leads the UN European coalition on health, established to facilitate and promote the implementation of the health goal and the health-related targets in the European Region. WHO/Europe is also a member of the Regional Working Group on gender, supporting the implementation of Goal 5 on gender equality. These coalitions report to the UN Regional Coordination Mechanism for Europe and Central Asia.