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Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme

The Director-General has established an Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (IOAC), to provide oversight and monitoring of the development and performance of the Programme and to guide the Programme’s activities.

The Committee will advise the Director-General on issues within its mandate, and will report its findings to the World Health Assembly.

Terms of reference

The main functions of IOAC:

  • Assess the performance of the Organization’s emergency work in preparedness, prevention, detection and response.
  • Assess the performance of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme (the WHE Programme) key functions in all emergencies, including graded emergencies and infectious disease risks.
  • Review the adequacy of the WHE Programme’s financing and resourcing.
  • Provide advice to the Director-General.
  • Prepare a report on its activities, containing the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations, for submission by the Chair of the Committee to the World Health Assembly.

Membership

The Committee consists of 7 members drawn from national governments, NGOs, the UN system, with extensive experience in broad range of disciplines. Members serve in their personal capacity and will exercise their responsibilities with full regard for the paramount importance of independence.

Current members: