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 Office of Global Affairs to host Stakeholder Listening Session for 74th World Health Assembly

Date: May 13, 2021 from 10:00am-12:00pm EDT

Location: Virtual, link shared with registered participants prior to session

Participation: Open but requiring RSVP. Please send your full name, email address, and organization to to register no later than Thursday, April 29, 2021.

HHS will hold an informal Stakeholder Listening Session on May 13, 2021. The Stakeholder Listening Session will help HHS to prepare the U.S. delegation by taking full advantage of the knowledge, ideas, feedback, and suggestions from all communities interested in and affected by agenda items to be discussed at the 74th WHA. Stakeholder input will contribute to U.S. positions as we negotiate these important health topics with our international colleagues. Stakeholder communities’ participation is welcome, including from:

  • public health and advocacy groups;
  • state, local, and Tribal groups;
  • private industry;
  • minority health organizations; and
  • academic and scientific organizations.

The listening session will be organized by agenda item. Find all agenda items to be discussed at the 74th WHA at this website: Written comments are welcome and encouraged, even for those planning to attend the virtual session. Please send these to 

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