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World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the governing body meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), the technical health agency of the United Nations. The WHA takes place each May at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. During the one week meeting, 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.

HHS at the 69th World Health Assembly, May 23-28, 2016

Former Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell (2013-2017) led a multi-agency U.S. delegation to the 69th World Health Assembly, including Former Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Jimmy Kolker (2011-2017) and several OGA staff. Review materials and look back at the discussion and events of the week-long conference which brought together top health officials and experts from around the world.

Video: The 69th World Health Assembly: U.S. Delegation

Photos: U.S. Mission Geneva on Flicker

Links and resources

WHA69 Provisional Agenda

WHA69 Documentation

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Content last reviewed on January 20, 2017