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.
In preparation for WHA, WHO gathers and posts documentation, such as the provisional agenda, daily journals, information, and resolutions on a comprehensive WHA70 webpage. Please reference this webpage frequently as the agenda will likely change, and documents will be added. The first version of the provisional agenda was published on March 9, 2017.