Accountability of civil society representatives to the main bodies responsible for international health policy is a topic which has been under discussion for some time. The Salamander Trust was commissioned in October 2009 by ICSS and the Accountability Working Group, to further those discussions and to prepare a framework intended to increase accountability.
A Communications Working Group, comprised of representatives of civil society delegations to global health institutions, was set up following a 2008 joint retreat hosted initiated by International Civil Society Support together with the UNAIDS PCB NGO delegation. The Communications Working Group was charged with creating a joint communication structure to support and strengthen civil society representation and engagement across the multilateral global health response. A consultation was conducted between June and August 2009 with civil society representatives and technical experts to inform recommendations for this structure.
A discussion paper written for Civil Society Representatives with support from International Civil Society Support and Northeastern University School of Law. Written by Professor Brook K. Baker, Northeastern University School of Law Program on Human Rights and the Global Economy & Health GAP, April 2009