World Health Assembly
The 76th World Health Assembly (WHA 76), held in Geneva from May 21-30, will bring together ministers of health and other governmental leaders from 194 Member States alongside other dignitaries and experts. The World Health Assembly will work toward accelerating the goal of health for all and an effective recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic amidst compounding crises.
This year WHO celebrates its 75th anniversary, and the Assembly will give Member States a special opportunity to reflect on advancements made in health through multilateral collaboration over the last three generations, while also addressing the key global health challenges of today and tomorrow.
The World Health Assembly’s packed agenda covers a range of issues—from health emergency preparedness and response to universal health coverage. Among the dozens of items on the agenda, representatives will discuss defeating polio and meningitis, ending violence against children, the global strategy on health, environment and climate change, and healthy ageing.
The Assembly must also discuss and approve the 2024–2025 WHO Programme Budget. At last year’s World Health Assembly, Member States committed to a bold new plan to improve WHO’s financial future through a series of biennial increases to assessed contributions (the dues paid by Member States) and increased flexibility in voluntary contributions. WHA76 will be the moment for Member States to live up to their commitments by approving these increases in the upcoming budget.
In addition to the official agenda, Member States and non-state actors will host a wide range of convenings at various locations around Geneva and online.
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