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Seventieth World Health Assembly kicks off in Geneva

The World Health Assembly is the main decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

May 23, 2017 17:05 IST
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Seventieth World Health Assembly kicks off in GenevaThe 70th World Health Assembly (WHA) opened on 22 May 2017 at Geneva-based UN headquarters in Switzerland.

The World Health Assembly is the main decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Agenda of the 70th World Health Assembly

The Member States of the WHA will elect a new Director-General, who will take office for a five-year term on 1 July 2017.

The three nominees for the position are Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia, Dr David Nabarro of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Dr Sania Nishtar of Pakistan. They will each address the Health Assembly for 15 minutes on 23 May 2017.

The election will take place by secret ballot and its result will be communicated once the process has been completed.

The delegates will also approve the WHO’s programme budget for 2018-19 and discuss a wide range of health-related issues.

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Decisions relating to WHO’s response to health emergencies, the International Health Regulations, and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness will also be made.

Important discussions will take place relating to polio, antimicrobial resistance, access to medicines and vaccines, the health of refugees and migrants, improving vector control, adolescent health and chemicals management.

The WHA will also examine a number of topics relating to non-communicable diseases, including dementia, cancer.

It will also look over the preparations for the UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on NCDs to be held in September 2018.

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