Country Focus

WHO country offices in the Western Pacific Region

Role of WHO country offices

WHO's country presence is the platform for effective engagement with Member States for advancing the global agenda; contributing to national health policies, strategies and plans; and for incorporating country realities and perspectives into global policies and priorities.

  • Technical cooperation: Lead the provision and brokering of technical cooperation with Member States through the development of a country cooperation strategy; and identify areas requiring technical support and institutional strengthening.
  • Policy advice and dialogue: Provide policy advice and lead policy dialogue at country level, as well as facilitate broader engagement of countries in regional and global policies and dialogues.
  • Norms and standards: Support countries to participate effectively in the development of global norms and standards, guidelines, tools and methodologies, and in adapting them for country use and implementation.
  • Knowledge generation and sharing: Support the collection, analysis, dissemination and use of national data (including surveillance data, country experiences and trends) required for monitoring the global health situation, and support research.
  • Convening: Convene and coordinate health actors in support of national health developments and in response to public health emergencies

WHO’s work supports all Member States: those in which WHO has a physical presence as well as those in which it does not. The roles of WHO at country level are stated in the 65th World Health Assembly (WHA) report.

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