Sixty-Eighth World Health Assembly (WHA)

Background  |  GHC WHA Delegation  |  WHA Calendar  |  WHA Policy Scrums


GHC is headed to the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva, Switzerland from May 18 -26, 2015.  Please review the details below if you are interested in participating in GHC’s WHA delegation, or if you are interested in gathering 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-Eighth World Health Assembly.

GHC WHA Delegation

WHA allows GHC members to represent civil society and the private sector through participation 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. Through the delegation, we can engage more effectively as a team through your support and by representing GHC at multiple meetings, briefings, plenaries, and side events.

Registration for GHC’s delegation to the Sixty-eighth WHA is now closed

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

Policy Scrum #1: Heath Workforce (March 11)

Policy Scrum #2: Nutrition & Non-communicable Diseases (NCDs) (March 25)

Policy Scrum #3: NTDs, WASH and Malaria (April 8)

  • PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
  • Featured Speakers: Lisa Schechtman, Director of Policy & Advocacy, WaterAid and Co-Chair, WASH Working Group; Michelle K. Brooks, Policy Director, Global Network for Neglected Tropical Diseases; and
    Matthew Lynch, Director of the Malaria Vector Control Project at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Quick Links & How to Get Involved: 
  •  WASH
    • In general: be a consistent voice for the importance of WASH as a primary health intervention
    • Revision of Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health: ensure inclusion of WASH as a core element of basic health care, a determinant of health and of quality care
    • New WHO report on WASH in Health Care Facilities and forthcoming WHO-UNICEF Global Action Plan on WASH in HCF: reference the report, appreciation for WHO’s leadership in official statements and side events, education of Member States
    • Holistic consideration of WASH in the SDGs

Policy Scrum #4: Research & Development (R&D)/Innovation, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) & Universal Health Coverage (UHC) (April 22)

  • PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
  • Featured Speakers: Ashley Bennett, Policy Officer, Global Health Technologies Coalition; and Marielle Hart, Policy Manager, International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

 Policy Scrum #5: WHO Reform and Non-State Actors (May 6)

  • PDF of PowerPoint Presentation
  • Featured Speakers: Lawrence Gostin, University Professor & Faculty Director, O’Niell Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University; and Katherine Hagen, Executive Director, Global Social Observatory.


Statements to the 68th WHA

This year, GHC submitted six statements to WHA, often in collaboration with a member organization. These statements can be found below (corresponding to their agenda item below).