Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly (WHA)

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GHC is headed to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland from May 22 -28, 2016. Please review the details below whether you are interested in registering for GHC’s accredited WHA delegation or if you are interested in being a GHC Advocate at WHA (e.g., receiving more information on WHA preparations, proceedings and side events).


World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.

In the 21st century, health is a shared responsibility, involving equitable access to essential care and collective defense against transnational threats.

WHO and the WHA

WHO was established over 65 years ago to promote health and ease the burden of disease worldwide. WHO takes direction for its goals and priorities from the 194 Member States it is designed to serve. Each year, senior health officials from Member States convene in Geneva to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA). The main functions of the WHA are to determine the policies of WHO, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget, set new goals, and assign new tasks.

See the provisional agenda of the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly (coming soon).

GHC WHA Delegation

WHA allows GHC members to participate in discussions with international global health policy makers and provide valuable input into proposed resolutions. WHA is a unique opportunity for GHC to network with its international partners and help prioritize GHC’s own agenda. By joining together at WHA, we can engage more effectively as a team through your support and by representing GHC at multiple meetings, briefings, plenaries, and side events. Due to its official status with WHO, GHC is also allowed to submit statements to be recorded into the official record at WHA (see below).

Applications for GHC’s delegation to the Sixty-ninth WHA are being accepted until March 11. Please read the GHC WHA memo in its entirety before applying, as terms and conditions for this year’s GHC delegation have changed. If you are a current GHC member, you can apply to be part of GHC’s accredited delegation or become a GHC Advocate HERE

Submitting Statements

As an organization in official relations with WHO, GHC can submit statements to the WHA proceedings. GHC members will be able to submit proposed statements to GHC for review and possible inclusion in GHC’s submission. See the guidelines for proposal requirements.

WHA Side Event Calendar

If your organization is hosting a side-event at WHA, let us know. GHC is hosting a Master Calendar of WHA Side Events on its website so those individuals attending the WHA can organize their schedule in advance and stay up-to-date.

WHA Policy Scrum Webinar Series

  • WHA Policy Scrum #1 (March 22): Human Resources for Health; Research & Development
  • WHA Policy Scrum #2 (April 5): Ageing; Noncommunicable Diseases (NCDs)
  • WHA Policy Scrum #3 (April 22): Canceled
  • WHA Policy Scrum #4 (May 3): Progress Towards the SDGs – Health Measurement & Accountability


Statements to the 69th WHA

All statements below were submitted to WHO; however, only statements read on the floor at the Assembly were included in the WHO’s permanent record. Statements with an (*) indicate those statements that were submitted, but not read during the proceedings.