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Monday, May 20, 2013

Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly opens today

Today, 20 May 2013, the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly opens in Geneva, as officials from 194 Member States begin their annual review of the activities of WHO and set new priorities for the future.

The World Health Assembly is the supreme 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 programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Health Assembly will discuss specific health topics like noncommunicable diseases with a draft Action Plan till 2020, mental health with a draft Action Plan till 2020, universal health coverage, the Millenium Development Goals, the implementation of the International Health regulations, women and children’s health, as well as the programme budget, administration, reform and management matters of WHO.

The programme and all working documents can be downloaded using the link to the World Health Organization website which provides full coverage of the WHA.

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