High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth

Health Professional Associations’ Consultation‏

The United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon appointed in March this year a High-Level Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth. The Commission is is co-chaired by President Francois Hollande of France and President Jacob Zuma of South Africa. It is charged with proposing actions to redress inequities and stimulate and guide the creation of health and social sector jobs for inclusive growth. .

Commissioners have been drawn from the education, employment, health and foreign affairs sectors of government, as well as from international organizations, academia, professional organizations, civil society and trade unions. Dr Judith Shamian, President of the International Council of Nurses has been appointed to represent health professionals as one of 24 Commissioners (http://who.int/hrh/com-heeg/comm_heeg_commissioners).

WONCA has provided a submission to the Commission through the recent public call for contributions issued by the Expert Group of the Commission, and Professor Ruth Wilson (WONCA President North America region) participated in a face-to-face consultation with health professional organisations on 11th April in Geneva.

More information about the Commission is available here.