World Health Organization works with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. WHO’s Arts & Health Program looks at the research agenda around the health benefits of the arts, in everyday life as well as an instrument in the field.
The WHO Foundation is an independent grant-making foundation, based in Geneva, that sets out to protect the health and well-being of everyone in every part of the world, working alongside the World Health Organization and the global health community. It supports donors, scientists, experts, implementing partners, advocates, and more, from every country, in rapidly finding new and better solutions to the most pressing global health challenges of today and tomorrow.
The Foundation targets evidence-based initiatives that support WHO in delivering Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3. To ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all). It is focused on reducing health risks, averting pandemics, better managing diseases and creating stronger health systems. It tackles these areas by building awareness and supporting its partners, including WHO, so that every life is invested in and the world ready for any health emergency that may arise.
CULTURUNNERS is a UK based cross-cultural production company promoting pluralism, peace-building & sustainable development through art. Launched at MIT in 2014, CULTURUNNERS has grown to encompass large-scale cultural diplomacy projects, an artist-led media platform, artists' spaces, and partnerships with institutions around the world. Since its launch, CULTURUNNERS have produced over 300 exhibitions, journeys, films and events, to engage diverse around the world including Bahrain, Brazil, Egypt, Kuwait, Iran, Iraq, Italy, Morocco, Palestine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Turkey as well as the UAE, U.K, U.S. and Yemen. CULTURUNNERS initiated The Future is Unwritten as the culmination of its multi-year artists road trip across Europe, the Middle East and North America; traveling from rural towns to major cities, championing the role of artist in the accelerated implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Launched by the UN Secretary-General, the UN’s 75th anniversary initiative aims to listen to people across the world, especially youth. Over 12 months, the UN75 team has gathered public perspectives on global challenges and ideas on how to tackle them through a one-minute survey, online dialogues, formal opinion polling and media analysis. The results were presented in September 2020, at the official commemoration of the UN’s 75th anniversary, after which UN75 has focused on how best to take them forward, with a final report published in January 2021.
World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to facilitating partnerships across sectors internationally that promote awareness and implementation of United Nations’ goals. WCPUN was founded in the aftermath of World War II to support the aims of the newly established United Nations. Since 1946, WCPUN has created public engagement Arts and Culture initiatives and partnerships aligned with UN objectives. Through publications, workshops, dialogues, other educational, outreach-oriented events, projects and programs, WCPUN creates alternative think spaces to enable visionary people and organizations of diverse disciplines and expertise to connect and collaborate. WCPUN is a non-governmental organization in association with the UN Department of Global Communications. In 2020, WCPUN and CULTURUNNERS launched The Future is Unwritten to engage the Arts & Culture sector in the UN75 conversation and the Decade of Action.