Note: Deadline extended to July 2, 2019 at 23:59 CET.


Twelve multilateral global health and development organizations have united under a joint vision and commitment to align efforts and more effectively support countries in achieving the health-related targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 12 signatory agencies are Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance (Gavi), the Global Financing Facility (GFF), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, Unitaid, UN Women, World Bank Group, WFP and WHO. These agencies signed a commitment in October 2018 to develop a “Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All” to align their efforts to more effectively support countries to achieve the health-related SDG targets. Read a draft outline for the Global Action Plan, which will be launched in September 2019.


Following feedback from civil society that engagement in the development of the GAP has been limited, with inconsistent outreach and inclusion of communities and civil society, the Civil Society Advisory Group for the GAP wrote a letter to the heads of the 12 signatory agencies.  The letter requested a structured opportunity to provide feedback on the draft plan before it is released in September. The group received a response from Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyseus, WHO Director-General, on behalf of the 12 agencies. Dr. Tedros affirmed WHO’s openness to additional input from civil society on the draft plan, as well as the potential for further discussions on GAP implementation, accountability, and advocacy. This public discussion period is in part a response to this important advocacy from civil society. To read reports on the GAP Advisory Group-led consultations with non-state actors, click here


More information about the current draft and comment period is available below. The Advisory Group will continue to work with GAP Secretariat on providing additional opportunities for input. All civil society constituents are encouraged to submit feedback.


Feedback on the discussion papers

The Global Action Plan signatory agencies are inviting stakeholder feedback on the discussion papers, through a public process from 17-30 June 2019. All stakeholders, including governments and non-State actors, are encouraged to make written submissions. Signatory agencies are committed to ensuring an inclusive process in developing the Global Action Plan. Submissions will be published online and will inform the final draft of the Global Action Plan, which will be presented during the United Nations General Assembly in September 2019.


Note: These documents are working papers and subject to change. They do not necessarily reflect the views of the 12 Global Action Plan signatory agencies. Key elements of the accelerator discussion papers will be used as inputs to the Global Action Plan.


Questions – The following questions are proposed as a guide to respondents:


General comments on the Global Action Plan:

  1. What do you see as the key opportunities offered by The Global Action Plan for Healthy Lives and Well-being for All?
  2. Which previous collaborations across the signatory agencies have proven to be effective in accelerating impact in countries and could be recommended as good practice / for scaling-up?


Comments on the accelerator discussion papers:

  1. Regarding the paper, do you have suggestions for improvement, to further leverage the potential of closer collaboration and alignment between the 12 organizations?  
  2. Regarding the proposed actions, do you have suggestions for improvement to more effectively provide joint support to countries to accelerate progress towards the health-related SDGs?
  3. Is your institution involved in, or planning, an initiative to support countries accelerate progress toward the health-related SDG targets that could align with the accelerator actions described?


Please note the following guidelines when providing feedback:

  • Please provide your feedback in writing, either in the body of an email or in a separate document sent as an email attachment. Comments inserted directly into the PDFs of the outline or accelerator papers will not be accepted.
  • Include the full name, title and affiliation (e.g. representing a Member State, or an organization, or in an individual capacity) of the person providing feedback.
  • Include the title of either (a) the accelerator discussion paper(s) on which you are submitting comments and/or (b) general comments in the subject line of your email response.
  • Please ensure that your feedback is high level, action-orientated, precise, feasible and related to the specific issues raised in the accelerator papers. Feedback should not exceed one page per accelerator paper/outline.
  • The Global Action Plan Secretariat is not able to consider feedback that does not contribute directly to the Global Action Plan and its goals of greater alignment across the 12 signatory organizations in support of the achievement of the health-related SDGs by countries, e.g. feedback focused on an individual agency or its mandate.
  • The Global Action Plan Secretariat will not respond to individual comments directly. However, all comments will be taken into consideration during the drafting of the final Global Action Plan.  


Papers for public comment:

Accelerator discussion papers:

  1. Sustainable financing
  2. Primary Health Care
  3. Community and civil society engagement
  4. Determinants of health
  5. Research and development, innovation and access
  6. Data and digital health
  7. Innovative programming in fragile and vulnerable states and for disease outbreak responses


Please submit your response by 23:59 CET, Tuesday, July 2, 2019 to In the subject line of your email response, include the title of either (a) the accelerator discussion paper(s) on which you are submitting comments, and/or (b) general comments.