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The primary multilateral fora and partners in Geneva

A life free of disease, where everyone has access to proper health information, qualified medical care, and the relevant and effective medication is essential to ensure progress in social and economic development. The overall objective is to promote the right to health for all, which is a cornerstone in Denmark’s development policy. The World Health Organization (WHO), together with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) are key partners in this endeavor.

Ensuring the continued improvement of multilateral efforts in the area of health thereby advancing the implementation, both globally and at country level, of Sustainable Development Goal 3 on Good health and well-being is an important purpose for the cooperation. WHO is spearheading the normative work on health, and based on the organisations recommendations countries continuously seek to improve their health systems to become safer and more effective. UNAIDS plays an important role in coordinating efforts of the UN to combat HIV/AIDS and has also taken a lead in promoting a human rights-based approach to health. The Global Fund (GFATM) is the central international funding mechanism for country level work on prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

Denmark's contributions to these three organisations will amount to approx. 225 million DKK in 2019 (approx. 33 million USD). It is paramount for Denmark that all efforts lead to a strengthening of national health systems, increased equality, and are founded on the human rights-based approach. Denmark plays an active role in maintaining and defending international standards, goals, and action plans in the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), especially women's right to control their own bodies, access to abortion, sexuality education of young people, and the issue of sexual orientations and gender identity.

Updated 24th of April 2019


The primary multilateral fora and partners in Geneva are:

World Health Organization ( WHO)

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM )

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)