The more than 190 WHO collaborating centres in 10 Member States in the Western Pacific Region are indispensable partners in advancing WHO technical work. WHO collaborating centres provide strategic support to the Organization to meet two main needs: implementing WHO’s mandated work and programme objectives, and developing and strengthening institutional capacity in countries and regions. In November 2014, WHO Regional Office for the Western Pacific successfully convened the First Regional Forum of WHO Collaborating Centres in the Western Pacific.
The Second Regional Forum was convened in November 2016, building on the gains of the first forum by building inter-professional approaches to collaboration and partnerships to help countries meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Helping countries to achieve the SDGs will be at the core of WHO work in the years to come. The inter-professional and multidisciplinary perspective promoted at the second forum will be an important step towards the achievement of the SDGs.