Geneva, 17 May 2022 (WHO) – In a world threatened by conflict, inequities, the climate crisis and pandemics, the Seventy-fifth session of the World Health Assembly will stress the importance of building a healthy and peaceful planet by harnessing science, data, technology and innovation.
This year’s session of the Health Assembly will focus on the theme of “Health for Peace, Peace for Health” and will run from the 22-28 May at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. It will include the appointment of the next WHO Director-General.
” The pandemic has hampered progress towards health-related goals in Sustainable Development Goals, and exposed inequalities within and between countries,” stated Dr Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus (WHO Director-General). A sustained recovery requires more than just reinvesting and getting back on track. A new approach is needed. This means shifting priorities, focusing on high-impact intervention .
The Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly will kick off with a high-level segment on 22 May with speeches from the elected Health Assembly President, Heads of State, special guests, an address by the WHO Director-General and the presentation of the Director-General’s Health Awards. The Director-General’s speech will set out WHO’s five priorities going forward, expanding from the vision delivered at the Executive Board meeting held in January 2022.
Ahead of the Health Assembly, on 20 May, WHO will publish the latest set of World Health Statistics, its annual compilation of health statistics for WHO’s 194 Member States. The latest edition summarizes trends in life expectancy and causes of death and reports on progress towards global health/development goals for 2020.
The 2020-2021 Results Report, also published before WHA, summarizes the Organization’s achievements and challenges in implementing the programme budget.
The Health Assembly will address global strategies for food safety and oral health and research and innovation in tuberculosis. The Assembly will discuss the WHO Sustainable Financing Report.
Another key topic under discussion is
- strengthening WHO preparedness for and response to health emergencies;
- an implementation road map 2023-2030 for the global action plan for the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases;
- an Intersectoral Global Action Plan on epilepsy and other neurological disorders 2022-2031;
- prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment;
- poliomyelitis; and
- the Global Health for Peace Initiative.
Agenda issues will be addressed in both Committee A (which focuses primarily on budget and programme matters) and Committee B (which focuses mainly on administrative, financial, and legal matters). Details can be found in the provisional agenda. At the Palais des Nations, there are three venues: Plenary — Room XIX; Comité A — Room XX; or Committee B –room XVII.
Assembly delegate, partners agencies, representatives from civil society, and WHO experts will discuss priority issues for public health at a series strategic roundtables. Discussions can be followed online here.
The Health Assembly, which is WHO’s top decision-making body and sets the Organization’s policy as well as approving its budget, sits at WHA. WHA is attended by delegations from all WHO 194 Member States. The Health Assembly’s agenda is prepared by the Programme, Budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board, which will meet on 18-20 May, 2022.
The Health Assembly is open for Member States, Associates Members, Observers and invited representatives from the UN, other inter-governmental organisations and non-State actors.
A preliminary timetable is available here: Preliminary daily timetable for the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly.
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