On May 28, 2020, the German parliament passed a motion submitted by the governmental parliamentary groups CDU/CSU and SPD, committing to greater engagement in the field of global health and explicitly supporting the WHO. The motion states that the WHO is "the only internationally legitimated authority on health issues" and should, as such, be “strengthened and sufficiently funded to meet the growing challenges". To this end, the motion explicitly calls for an increase in assessed contributions to the WHO. The Federal Government should promptly introduce the long-planned strategy for a global health policy and use the German EU Council Presidency from July to December of 2020 to elevate global health to a key priority within the EU.
In the debate, the oppositional parties the Greens, the Free Democratic Party, and the Left called on the government to expand their engagement in health system strengthening in partner countries. The Greens and the Left advocate for Germany to spend at least 0.1% of its economic output on health-related development cooperation.
Only the far-right party AfD fundamentally criticized the WHO and German health authorities during the debate, declaring them incompetent in their current COVID-19 response.