The Faroese government has applied for associated membership in the World Health Organization. Full membership in the WHO is reserved for sovereign states, but autonomous countries and territories can become associated members.
According to the Faroese Minister of Health, Kaj Leo Holm Johannesen, membership in the WHO will not only strengthen the Faroese health sector, but the Faroe Islands also have something to offer the international community.
The Faroe Islands have been at the forefront in testing and contact tracing during the pandemic, clocking up more tests per capita than any other country in the world. Extensive research has also been conducted regarding Covid-19 in the Faroe Islands.
“WHO is crucial, not only to improve direct access to the most recent knowledge but also to share our own results and experiences.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it even more relevant to become part of the international community with our own voice in h the WHO, added Johannesen.
Associated members have access and speaking rights at committee meetings and at the General Assembly. They may submit proposals, but do not have a vote. Associated members are subject to the same political obligations as full members of the WHO. The Faroe Islands already have associated membership in three other UN bodies: IMO, the FAO and UNESCO.