Multilateral Relations Office
Director, Multilateral Relations Office
Office of Global Affairs
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
Phone: (202) 690-6174, (202)-260-0399
The Multilateral Relations Office is a critical component of HHS’s global work—it advances U.S. health and human services priorities, develops U.S. global health policy positions, and strengthens international health standards by engaging in multilateral global health diplomacy with a host of international organizations and other key partners. The Multilateral Relations Office represents the United States in critical global health negotiations and policy discussions on topics ranging from strengthening the International Health Regulations to non-communicable diseases and interpersonal violence. It serves as the primary liaison for U.S. Government engagement with the World Health Organization (WHO) and its six regional offices, including the Regional Offices of the Americas and Western Pacific, where the U.S. holds voting status. The Multilateral Relations team includes the HHS Health Attaché at the U.S. Mission to the UN and Other International Organizations in Geneva, who works with counterparts from around the world to advance U.S. global health and foreign policy priorities.
What We Do
- The Multilateral Relations Office coordinates the U.S. participation in the World Health Assembly (WHA) and governing body meetings of the World Health Organization. The WHA, as the governing body of the WHO, meets each May at the United Nations in Switzerland, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. During the Assembly, countries agree to resolutions, adopt action plans, supervise finances, review and approve the proposed budgets, discuss key public health issues, and determine the policies of the organization.
The Secretary of Health and Human Services leads the U.S. delegation to WHA.