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Subcommittee on Program, Budget and Administration Meets at PAHO

(March 14) The Subcommittee on Program, Budget and Administration of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) is meeting in Washington, D.C., this week (March 14-16) to discuss PAHO’s budget and programs, and to make recommendations in these areas to the PAHO Executive Committee.

The subcommittee is currently made up of representatives of Argentina, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guyana, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, the United States and Venezuela. Participating in the meeting as observers are representatives of Brazil, Canada, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago. On the meeting’s opening day, the subcommittee elected the representative of the United States as president, Costa Rica as vice-president, and Argentina as rapporteur.

During their meeting, subcommittee members will examine progress in implementing the Health Agenda for the Americas, a proposed PAHO budget policy, PAHO’s 2011 financial report, and the process for electing the next PAHO Director, who also serves as Regional Director for the Americas of WHO.

The Subcommittee on Program, Budget and Administration is an auxiliary advisory body of the PAHO Executive Committee with responsibility for aspects of Program, Budget and Administration. It reviews and as appropriate, makes recommendations to the Executive Committee in these areas. The Subcommittee consists of seven Members, four of whom have terns of office running concurrently with those of their membership on the Executive and three designated annually by the Director of the Pan American Sanitary Bureau in consultation with the President of the Executive Committee in order to seek balanced and adequate geographical distribution. The Subcommittee holds at least one public session a year on dates to be decided by the Executive Committee. Additional sessions may be convened in the years when the Program Budget of the Organization is being considered.

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