Introduction to the World Health Assembly: A Briefing for New Delegates
May 17, 2015 / Maison de la Paix, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
IHEID The annual World Health Assembly (WHA) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva is the decision-making body of the World Health Organization and a premier global health gathering. WHA attracts health ministers or their representatives from 194 WHO Member States, high-level officials of health-focused international organizations, top NGO and foundation officials, industry representatives, and many others. At the same time, many individuals (including some from Member States, civil society organizations, and the press) are unfamiliar with the Assembly’s processes, structures, and key issues. With this in mind, the Graduate Institute of Geneva and the United Nations Foundation in collaboration with the World Health Organization are convening an Introduction to World Health Assembly: A Briefing for New Delegates. The aim is to increase understanding about the structure and function of WHA as a governing body, and the important issues for global health under discussion at WHA 68.