Technical briefing on the draft Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Workforce 2030

16 November 2015, Brussels, Belgium

The purpose of this technical briefing session, jointly organized by the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the European Commission, is to update the Health Workforce Expert Group on the Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health: Health Workforce 2030 (GSHRH), and the global consultation process, as well as to provide an opportunity to ask questions and present views regarding the applicability of the Strategy to the European context.This meeting builds on other recent work in the European Region which had the objective of developing the capacity of Member States to respond effectively to human resources for health challenges, notably the EU Joint Action on health workforce planning, and the recent reports by the WHO Regional Office for Europe on making progress towards health workforce sustainability, and addressing implications of health professional mobility. 

The expected outcomes of the meeting are:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of the GSHRH objectives and content, its relevance and applicability to the European context.
  • Engagement of all stakeholders, including national experts in health workforce and partners, in working together in the run up to the World Health Assembly (WHA) 2016 to assist in developing a European position on the WHA resolution, as well as discuss opportunities to support the implementation in the European Region.


In May 2014, the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly endorsed the Recife Political Declaration on Human Resources for Health: renewed commitments towards universal health coverage (UHC) and adopted a resolution requesting the Director General to develop a new global strategy on human resources for health. The WHO Secretariat conducted a global consultation in the period March-October 2015 to engage Member states, partners and WHO – global, regional and country levels – in the development of the draft GSHRH. 

The draft will be submitted to the WHO Executive Board in January 2016 and finally for consideration of the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in May 2016. 

The purpose of the strategy is to support all Member States and partners to address health workforce challenges to progress towards UHC. The strategy highlights the increasing evidence that the health workforce offers a triple return on investment:

  1. Triggers broader socio-economic development with positive spill-over effects on the attainment of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals,
  2. A first line of defense for individual countries to meet the International Health Regulations (2005) and promote global health security 
  3. Drives improvement in population outcomes.