Today, Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian is welcoming Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s new director-general, who was elected by the organization’s194 member states this past May at the 70th World Health Assembly.
During their meeting, they will discuss major global health challenges: improving access to treatment and healthcare systems, responding to health emergencies, and expanding the availability of sexual and reproductive healthcare.
France fully supports the WHO’s efforts, and particularly the following priorities: promoting universal health coverage in order to guarantee better access to treatment; supporting the establishment of more robust healthcare systems; and capacity building in the areas of emergency preparation and response to health crises. France has been playing a leadership role in these three areas for several years.
Both a prerequisite and an instrument of human and economic development, global health is a priority for France’s efforts abroad, and one to which we allocate nearly 800 million euros annually. France is the fourth-largest contributor to the WHO’s regular budget, on the order of 24.8 million euros in 2017.