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Introduction to the World Health Assembly: A Briefing for Delegates

May 20, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Organized by the United Nations Foundation and the Global Health Centre Geneva

May 20
3:00 PM – 6:00 PM CEST
Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix
Geneva, Switzerland


This year’s World Health Assembly (WHA), taking place from 21-26 May in Geneva, marks the 70th anniversary of the World Health Organization. Despite the important health gains achieved since the establishment of the WHO, many health challenges remain. The complexity of current global health issues and the many items on the agenda call for a better understanding around WHO’s role in global health, the Assembly’s processes and decisions.

This annual introductory briefing for WHO Delegates and participants aims to provide an overview of key issues at stake to maximize the participation of a wide range of stakeholders.

This year’s edition will include:

1) a presentation of WHA’s structure and governance
2) a multistakeholder panel on the draft 13th General Programme of Work
3) briefings on the key dimensions and policy challenges of such issues as health emergencies, polio transition, access to vaccines, and nutrition


May 20, 2018
3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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