World Health Assembly

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The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.


 PAHO's Coverage of the WHA

22 May 2021
Geneva, 19 May 2021 (WHO) - In a year when COVID-19 threatens the health and well-being of everyone on the planet, the seventy-fourth session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) will stress the urgency of ending the current pandemic and preventing the next one by building a healthier, safer and fairer world. The Health Assembly is WHO’s…
18 May 2020
Geneva, 18 May 2020 (PAHO/WHO)—"We have watched how COVID decimated rich and powerful nations with strong curative care systems—killing their people, over running their health care systems, and halting business. And so early on, CARICOM decided that we cannot fight the illness, and that we had to delay the arrival of COVID-19 into the region as…
18 May 2020
Washington, D.C., May 18, 2020 (PAHO/WHO)—Every year in May, hundreds of delegates travel to Geneva, Switzerland, to meet and make decisions on global health. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the World Health Assembly (WHA) in 2020 will instead be virtual, with a shortened agenda. It will take place on 18-19 May. At WHA 2020, Member…
24 May 2019
Geneva, May 24, 2019 (PAHO / WHO) - The delegations approved today a series of technical and administrative resolutions on climate change and health, noncommunicable diseases and the pandemic influenza preparedness framework. Following is a summary of the main decisions adopted today at the 72nd World Health Assembly. Health, environment and…
22 May 2019
Geneva, Switzerland, 22 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - The Health Ministers of Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Panama acknowledged the challenge that migration poses to their health systems, and emphasized their commitment to a humane and collective response to migrants.…
22 May 2019
Geneva, 22 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - How to achieve universal health coverage without leaving anyone behind was the main topic of presentations made by the Ministers of Health from throughout the world this week in the plenary of the 72nd World Health Assembly. Health authorities from the Region shared their experiences in the achievement of…
22 May 2019
Geneva, 22 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) Delegates at the World Health Assembly adopted three resolutions today on universal health coverage (UHC). These resolutions focus on primary health care, the role of community health workers, and the September UN General Assembly High-Level Meeting on UHC. Primary health care and universal health coverage The…
20 May 2019
Geneva, 20 May 2019 (PAHO/WHO) - Mexico will represent the Region of the Americas in the vice-presidency of the 72nd World Health Assembly, from 20 to 28 May in Geneva, Switzerland. Mexico’s ambassador to United Nations in Geneva, Ms. Socorro Flores Liera, will be one of the five vice-presidents of the plenary, a position held by each region of…
20 May 2019
Geneva, May 20 2019 (PAHO/WHO)- Jamaican doctor and professor, Peter Figueroa, was today recognized at the World Health Assembly as a health leader for his substantial contribution to public health in Jamaica, the Caribbean, the Americas and the world,  over the past four decades. Dr. Figueroa, a Professor of Public Health, Epidemiology and…