This year the WHO is celebrating its 70th anniversary with various events before and during the World Health Assembly (WHA). In addition to the health ministers, some heads of state are also expected this year.
The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of the WHO. Every year, representatives of the 194 WHO member states and numerous non-state actors meet at the WHA in Geneva. The 71st session is the first meeting under the new WHO Director-General Tedros.
Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn at the World Health Assembly
This year, the new Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn will lead the German WHA delegation for the first time and will deliver a speech. Mr Spahn will also participate at a side event on patient safety during his visit. Furthermore, the global platform for research and development on antibiotic resistance will be launched during the WHA. This Global AMR R&D Hub is an international initiative adopted during the German G20 presidency, and is currently being set up in Berlin.
New WHO work programme
The WHA will meet in two parallel committees to address a wide range of topics, from polio eradication to digitalization in the health sector and access to medicine. Another key agenda item is the envisaged adoption of the WHO's 13th General Programme of Work which sets out the strategy of the WHO for the next five years.