Photo Source: World Health Organization
Photo Source: World Health Organization

66th WHA Companion

66th World Health Assembly, May 20-28, 2013

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 Global Health Diplomacy Network (GHD-NET) seeks to improve capacity for health diplomacy by using training, research, and information-sharing to ensure that all participants can be more engaged and in a position to influence the outcomes of international negotiations.

In this context, we have prepared a companion to the WHA agenda. Based on the provisional agenda of the 66th World Health Assembly, the companion highlights resources available on the GHD-Net website for use in preparation for the Assembly. These resources include articles from the Health Diplomacy Monitor (HDM), the Health and Foreign Policy Bulletin (HFPB), and materials posted on the website about ongoing negotiations.

Note: HDM indicates the Health Diplomacy Monitor. HFPB indicates the Health and Foreign Policy Bulletin.

Important Links

Agenda item 11: WHO Reform

A special section of the GHD-NET website provides news, research and official documents on this agenda item. Please click here.

Agenda Item 13: Non-communicable diseases

A special section of the GHD-NET website provides news, research and official documents on this agenda item. Please click here.

Agenda item 14.1: Monitoring of the achievements of the health-related Millennium Development Goals

A special section of the GHD-NET website provides news, research and official documents on this agenda item. Please click here.  

Agenda item 7.3: Social Determinants of Health:

Agenda item 15.1: Implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)

A special section of the GHD-NET website provides news, research and official documents on this agenda item. Please click here

Agenda item 15.2: Pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits: report on the work of the Advisory Group 

A special section of the GHD-NET website provides news, research and official documents on this agenda item. Please click here.

Agenda Item 17.1:  Substandard/spurious/falsely labelled/falsified/counterfeit medical products: report of the Working Group of Member States.

A special section of the GHD-NET website provides news, research and official documents on this agenda item. Please click here

Agenda item 17.2:  Consultative expert working group on research and development: financing and coordination