Original title: Fudge: the United States will fulfill all its financial obligations to who and pay the arrears
On the 21st local time, the 148 th executive committee meeting of the World Health Organization was held in the form of video conference. The United States sent a delegation led by Antony fudge, director of the National Institute of allergy and infectious diseases (NIAID), to attend the meeting via video link. Fudge, head of the delegation, indicated that after Biden became president of the United States, the US government would fulfill all its financial obligations to the WHO.
“The United States intends to meet all its financial obligations to who,” fudge said in NBC Business 21 daily. The United States regards technical cooperation at all levels as the basis of its partnership with who, and China attaches great importance to and intends to continue to develop this partnership. “
Fudge said that under the framework of U.S. rejoining who, the United States will stop recalling its experts from who agencies and resume regular direct and indirect exchanges with who.
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has previously reported that the operation of who relies on government and private funding support. Its funding sources are divided into mandatory contributions and voluntary contributions. In recent years, the proportion of voluntary contributions in who funding sources is increasing.
In the financial year of 2019, more than 80% of who’s funds come from voluntary contributions from governments, charities and other private organizations, as well as other joint agencies and multilateral institutions such as the European Union. Among them, the United States government accounts for the largest proportion of voluntary contributions, accounting for about 15% of the total voluntary contributions in 2019. The second largest voluntary donor is the bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, accounting for 10%, and the rest is in 2019 Britain (7.8%) and Germany (5.7%) are the countries with large annual voluntary contributions. It is worth noting that although the United States has the largest share of voluntary contributions, it is also the country with the largest amount of mandatory contributions owed by who. The amount of mandatory contributions not paid by the United States to who far exceeds that of any other country.
Foch also thanked the World Health Organization for its work in the fight against the new crown disease and confirmed that the United States would return to the organization. “I am grateful to my colleagues for their leadership role in the fight against the epidemic,” said WHO. It is a great honor for Biden to announce that the United States is still a member of who. He signed a letter to cancel the decision of the previous government to withdraw from who. The letter has been sent to the Secretary General of the United Nations and the Secretary General of who. “