World Health Organization

In our role as a Non State Actor (NSA) in official relations with the World Health Organization, Global Health Council participates in: Health Council participates in:

World Health Assembly

GHC offer our members access to the World Health Assembly (WHA) so that they may participate in key discussions with policymakers and provide valuable input into proposed resolutions. Our delegates represent our coalition at various meetings, briefings, plenaries, and side events throughout the Assembly. Non-corporate GHC members in good standing are eligible to apply for GHC’s accredited delegation.

Statements GHC made at the 76th World Health Assembly

Past statements GHC has made at the World Health Assembly include:

WHO Executive Board Meetings

The annual WHO Executive Board meeting determines the WHA agenda and addresses resolutions that will be proposed at the convening. GHC actively participates in these meetings, presenting the following statements at the 152nd Executive Board meeting in 2023:

Working Group on Amendments to the International Health Regulations 2005

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, WHO Member States are working to improve the existing regulations, described in the International Health Regulations (IHR), for reporting public health events. GHC has been a part of the Working Group, sharing the perspectives and recommendations of NSAs in order to influence the outcome of the negotiations.

Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in December of 2021, the WHO established the intergovernmental negotiating body (INB) to draft a treaty or other instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. In February of 2023, the INB released the Zero Draft of the accord, which is currently being considered. GHC has been participating in INB meetings open to NSAs, providing recommendations and comments to the draft.