World Local Production Forum (WLPF): Strengthening Access to Health Technologies

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November 8, 2023

World Local Production Forum (WLPF): Strengthening Access to Health Technologies

Explainer - WHO's World Local Production Forum (WLPF)


  • The 2nd World Local Production Forum (WLPF), held in The Hague, witnessed the active participation of the Indian delegation led by the Union Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilizers. This forum, driven by the World Health Organisation, stands as a crucial platform for addressing key issues in local production and technology transfer for enhanced accessibility to quality health products.

Unpacking the World Local Production Forum

Inception and Purpose

  • Initiated by the World Health Organisation, the inaugural WLPF took place virtually in 2021. The central objective of this forum is to advance the availability of medicines and other vital health technologies. It provides Member States and the global community a consistent space to formulate strategies, mobilize collaborative efforts, and establish partnerships in sustainable local production. This, in turn, aims to facilitate timely and fair access to health products of assured quality.

Administrative Framework

  • At the helm of the WLPF stands the Local Production and Assistance (LPA) Unit. This unit operates within the WLPF Secretariat, overseeing the coordination and execution of its initiatives.

Objectives of the Second WLPF

The second iteration of the WLPF aspires to:

  • Global Discourse on Challenges: Engage in a comprehensive global conversation addressing the critical hurdles in promoting local production and technology transfer.
  • Overcoming Bottlenecks: Delve into the identification and implementation of mechanisms to overcome obstacles hindering the progress of local production.
  • Fostering Sustainable Capacity: Champion the cause of sustainable local production capacity, ultimately leading to enhanced accessibility to health products and technologies that are safe, effective, and of high quality.

Key Insights into the World Health Organisation

Foundation and Mandate

  • The World Health Organisation, a specialized agency under the United Nations umbrella, was established with the core mission of unifying nations, partners, and individuals in the pursuit of health promotion, global safety, and the well-being of vulnerable populations.

Operational Functions

  • Its operational repertoire includes the provision of technical assistance to countries, the establishment of international health standards, and the comprehensive collection of global health data. Notably, the World Health Organisation has played a pivotal role in monumental public health triumphs, such as the Eradication of smallpox, the near-eradication of polio, and the development of interventions against Ebola.

Governing Structure

  • The agency’s decision-making body, the World Health Assembly, appoints and advises an executive board comprised of 34 esteemed health specialists.


  • The 2nd World Local Production Forum, facilitated by the World Health Organisation, exemplifies a pivotal platform for driving advancements in local production and technology transfer in the realm of healthcare. With a focus on surmounting challenges, removing bottlenecks, and fortifying sustainable production capacities, the forum stands as a beacon for improved access to quality health products worldwide. This collective endeavor resonates with the broader vision of the World Health Organisation in promoting global health and safety.

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