May 26, 2024

Introduction to the 77th World Health Assembly: Addressing Health Challenges in an Increasingly Polarized World

UN Foundation, Global Health Centre


In-Person and Virtual
Auditorium Ivan Pictet
Geneva Graduate Institute, Maison de la paix

Date & Time

May 26, 2024
5:00AM EDT - 7:00AM EDT

United Nations Foundation (UNF) and the Global Health Centre (GHC) will co-host their annual World Health Assembly (WHA) briefing on May 26, 2024 at 11:00 – 13:00 CEST to preview the key issues being considered and explain WHA modalities for delegates, non-state actors, the media, and general audiences.

Since 2014, UNF and GHC have co-hosted this annual public event on the eve of the Assembly and are pleased to continue this tradition for the 10th year with a briefing titled “Addressing Health Challenges in an Increasingly Polarized World.” This event will be held in-person at the Ivan Pictet Auditorium of the Geneva Graduate Institute and livestreamed on YouTube here.

Speakers include:

Welcome remarks by Dr. Ahmed Ogwell Ouma | Vice President of Global Health Strategy, UN Foundation

  • Gian Luca Burci | Senior Visiting Professor of International Law, Academic Adviser, Global Health Centre, Director, Joint LLM in Global Health Law and Governance, Geneva Graduate Institute
  • Precious Matsoso | Co-Chair, Intergovernmental Negotiating Body
  • Ashley Bloomfield | Co-Chair, Working Group on the International Health Regulations
  • Priti Patnaik | Founding Editor, Geneva Health Files
  • Bruce Aylward | Assistant Director-General, Universal Health Coverage, Life Course, World Health Organization
  • Pascale Allotey | Director, WHO Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research including UNDP-UNFPA-UNICEF-WHO-World Bank Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction (HRP)
  • Anna Coates | WHO Gender Focal Point, Office of the Director-General
  • Anders Nordström | Former Ambassador for Global Health at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
  • Daniel Thornton | Director, Coordinated Resource Mobilization, WHO
  • Desta Lakew | Co-chair of the Lusaka Agenda Working Group and Group Director of Partnerships and External Affairs at Amref Health Africa
  • Björn Kümmel | Deputy Head of Unit, Global Health, German Federal Ministry of Health
  • Lori Sloate | Senior Director, Global Health, UN Foundation

Closing remarks by Suerie Moon | Professor of Practice, Interdisciplinary Programmes and International Relations/Political Science, Director, Global Health Centre, Geneva Graduate Institute