The first high-level coordination meeting between the UfM and WHO was held on 28 April. It was an opportunity to share and update both parties on the strategies, agendas, projects, and initiatives in fields that fall within their mandates and capacities such as environment, urban development, climate change, employment, higher education and research among others.
The meeting served as an occasion to identify avenues of collaboration in line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) where the two parties agreed to join efforts and work on promoting universal coverage, health research, clean water, sanitation, urban development and governance, healthy city policies, energy and climate action, clean air polices, health education, addressing violence against women, and women´s access to health.
Participants from both organizations agreed on the need for close collaboration and have already set plans to cooperate on many levels and areas. These include joining high-levels events like the UfM conference on Disability and Social Inclusion in October 2021, institutional support to the implementation of the recently labelled WHO project that focuses on gender-based violence and the health sector, and thematic inputs to other UfM Dialogues.