The Statements below were prepared by Danielle Heiberg, Senior Policy and Advocacy Manager at Global Health Council.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)—charged with leading the U.S. delegation to the 71st World Health Assembly (WHA)—is holding an informal Stakeholder Listening Session today, May 11, from 3:00 – 4:30 PM, in the HHS Hubert H. Humphrey Building Auditorium located at 200 Independence Ave, SW.

The Stakeholder Listening Session will help the HHS Office of Global Affairs prepare for the World Health Assembly by taking full advantage of the knowledge, ideas, feedback, and suggestions from all individuals interested in and affected by agenda items to be discussed at the 71st World Health Assembly. Input gathered will contribute to U.S. positions and help negotiate these important health topics with international colleagues.

The listening session is organized around the interests and perspectives of individuals familiar with the following topics and groups:

1) Public health and advocacy activities;
2) State, local, and Tribal issues;
3) Private industry;
4) Minority health organizations; and
5) Academic and scientific organizations.

Written comments from the public to the U.S. delegation are welcome and encouraged. Please send these comments to the email address: by no later than May 15 COB EDT.

1) Access WHA71 documentation from WHO.
2) Read more on GHC’s Delegation at WHA.

Global Health Council is preparing to read the following three statements at the Listening Session today:

WHA Agenda Item 11.1: Draft thirteenth general programme of work, 2019–2023
















WHA Agenda Item 11.2Public health preparedness and response














WHA Agenda Item 11.7Preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Non-communicable Diseases, to be held in 2018