Remarks by Dr. Ariel Pablos-Méndez at the World Health Assembly

Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Subject 
USAID Signature to International Health Partnership (IHP+) Compact

Thank you (World Bank President Jim Kim, World Health Organization Director-General Margaret Chan). I am very happy to be here today representing U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah at this important occasion. USAID is proud to become a signatory agency of the International Health Partnership Global Compact.

USAID is supportive of the goals of IHP+, and we welcome opportunities to collaborate more effectively with countries and development partners in accelerating progress toward reaching the Millennium Development Goals. USAID is delighted to sign the IHP+ Global Compact for a variety of reasons.

First, the United States Government is a signatory to the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness. As the primary development agency of the United States, USAID recognizes the importance of the Paris Declaration principles and believes IHP+ is an important vehicle for advancing these principles in the health sector.

Second, IHP+ shares several themes with President Obama's Policy Directive on Global Development and the State Department's and USAID's Quadrennial Development and Diplomacy Review, both of which urge us to rethink the ways in which we provide aid. Increasingly, at USAID, we want to invest in countries and align our investments with national strategies and plans. We want to rely, when possible and appropriate, on local systems and organizations. And we want to emphasize mutual accountability and transparency.

Third, the principles of the U.S. Global Health Initiative have much in common with the principles of IHP+ -- particularly around country ownership, health systems strengthening, and coordination. The Global Health Initiative and IHP+ both pursue greater impact through better coordination. While we are delighted to join IHP+ today, USAID is also committed to examining the most effective ways to strengthen the Partnership. USAID would like to discuss with our partners how IHP+ could be strengthened to better deliver on the Millennium Development Goals. In particular, in the coming weeks and months, we would like to work together to ensure, first, that countries and development partners more explicitly link progress on development effectiveness processes to health results, second, that we increasingly engage the private sector in the deliberative policy processes of IHP+, and, third, that we align the various instruments, tools, and procedures that IHP+ has developed at the country level with USAID health programs in these same areas.

Again, I am happy to represent the USAID Administrator today and to sign the IHP+ Global Compact on behalf of the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Geneva, Switzerland

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