WHO Collaborating Centre Regional Forum

With more than 190 WHO collaborating centres in 10 Member States in the Western Pacific Region, these institutions 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 in November 2016 will build 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). The forum will consider technical areas related to SDGs and universal health coverage.

Helping countries to achieve the SDGs will be at the core of WHO work in the years to come. Bringing all collaborating centres together will ensure a robust discussion of the benefits of collaboration from an inter-professional and multidisciplinary perspective. This will be an important step towards the achievement of the SDGs.