WORLD HEALTH ASSEMBLY (WHA)

WHA 75

May 22 - 28, 2022

150th Session of the Executive Board

GHC Statements

WHA Special Session

November 29 - December 1, 2021

Each year, senior health officials from Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) travel to Geneva to participate in the World Health Assembly (WHA). It is at WHA that WHO's work is reviewed, new goals are set, and new tasks assigned. Some of 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.

At WHA, two main types of meetings are held, each with a different purpose:

  1. Committees meet to debate technical and health matters (Committee A), and financial and management issues (Committee B), and approve the texts of resolutions, which are then submitted to the plenary meeting.
  2. Plenary is the meeting of all delegates to the WHA. The WHA meets in plenary several times in order to listen to reports and adopt the resolutions transmitted by the committees. The Director-General and Member States also address the delegates at the plenary.

In addition, technical briefings are organized separately on specific public health topics to present new developments in the area, provide a forum for debate, and to allow for information sharing.

An agenda with the list of topics for discussion will be released prior to the Assembly. The agenda is not timed, and while the Chair generally proceeds through the list of topics in order, there may be changes to the agenda if so decided by the Chair. Each topic will be discussed for the amount of time it takes to get through it, which means that timing is very approximate during the proceedings.

Besides Member States, other stakeholders, such as non-state actors in official relations with WHO, are allowed to follow the WHA proceedings and participate in technical briefings and official side events.

WHO gathers and posts key WHA documentation, such as the provisional agenda, daily journals, and resolutions, on a comprehensive webpage. Please bookmark and reference this site frequently as the agenda will likely change and documents will be added.

GHC AT WHA

Read more below on how to apply for the GHC delegation as well as additional ways to engage around WHA.

Our Delegation

Due to our status as a nongovernmental organization in official relations with WHO, GHC can offer its members access to WHA so they can participate in key discussions with global health policymakers and provide valuable input into proposed resolutions. GHC delegates represent our coalition at multiple meetings, briefings, plenaries, and side events throughout the week. By joining together at WHA, GHC members can engage more effectively as global health advocates.

Non-corporate GHC organizational members in good standing and Super Global Health Advocates (individual GHC supporters who contribute $500 or more) are eligible to apply for GHC's accredited  WHA delegation. Eligible organizations can send up to two representatives on the delegation and potentially obtain two additional spots for health workers or field staff working in low- or middle-income countries. Super Global Health Advocates can apply for one spot on the delegation.

 

GHC's Master Calendar of WHA Side Events allows individuals following WHA to organize their schedules in advance. If you have an event to add to the calendar, please share your event with us.

STATEMENTS TO WHA

Non-State Actors (NSA) in official relations with WHO are allowed to submit statements to be read from the WHA floor and entered into the official record. GHC will accept draft statements from its members who are part of GHC’s official WHA delegation. 

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