Published on: September 8, 2023

Gujarat Declaration

Gujarat Declaration

Why in news?  Global Summit 2023 released ‘Gujarat Declaration’ underlining outcome of the first WHO Traditional Medicine.


  • India hosted first WHO Global Traditional Medicine Centre in Gujarat.
  • Declaration emphasis global commitments towards indigenous knowledge, biodiversity and traditional, complementary and integrative medicine.

What are the key outcomes of the declaration ?

  • Implementation of evidence-based TCIM (Traditional complimentary integrative medicine) : This interventions to support of the goal of universal health coverage (UHC) and all health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Integrated Approach : It states the role of multi-regional, multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder collaborations demonstrated at the Global Summit through the WHO
  • Digital Technology :Appropriate development and application of digital health technologies, and artificial intelligence to advance digital health resources on TCIM for people’s health and well-being.
  • Rights of Indigenous people :Fully recognize, respect and protect the rights of Indigenous Peoples, as provided in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
  • Incorporate ethical methods and processes in TCIM research and practice.
  • Fair and equitable sharing : It mentions that actions should be promoted and taken at all levels to safeguard, restore and sustainably manage biodiversity, from the benefits arising out the use of biodiversity resources, related genetic material and Indigenous knowledge.
  • TCIM documentation : WHO International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) to enable integration of evidence and data collection on TCIM in a standardized way within routine health information systems.
  • TCIM reference clinical centres : It will routinely undertake standardized data collection and monitoring based on WHO ICD-11 coding of the implementation.