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Relation to WHO

2018-07-24
Cessation of the Term “A WHO Initiative”

Use of the term “A WHO Initiative” must cease

In keeping with World Health Organisation’s (WHO) Framework for Engagement with Non-State Actors (FESNA) the International Safe Community Certifying Centre (ISCCC) board decided that all use of the term “A WHO initiative” must cease.

While it is true that the WHO was heavily engaged in the formation of the International Safe Community movement and was a signatory to the Manifesto for Safe Communities (Stockholm, 20th September 1989), the 69th WHO World Health Assembly ratified FESNA, a document that sets down the rules under which “non-state actors” such as the ISCCC may seek formal relations with the WHO.  This policy specifically states in item 46, page 13 that:

“WHO’s name and emblem are recognized by the public as symbols of integrity and quality assurance. WHO’s name, acronym and emblem shall not, therefore, be used for, or in conjunction with, commercial, promotional marketing and advertisement purposes. Any use of the name or emblem needs an explicit written authorization by the Director-General of WHO.”

Accordingly, the term “A WHO Initiative” should no longer be used on any web sites, promotional material, or documentation published by the ISCCC, by certifiers accredited by ISCCC, Regional Organisations, Support Centres or International Safe Communities.

We do have WHO approval to say the following

  • “WHO recognizes Safe Communities as an important mechanism for the coordinated implementation of evidence-based action for the prevention of violence and injuries by subnational authorities, local government and communities”

It should be noted that a formal relationship only existed between the WHO and WHO Collaborating Centre for Community Safety Promotion (WHO CCSP).  Individual Safe Communities were designated by the Collaborating Centre – and more recently by the ISCCC – not the WHO.  Safe Communities are not, and have never been, entitled to call themselves “WHO Safe Communities”.