World Health Assembly (2) Introduction to the WHA: A Briefing for Delegates

17 May, 2019

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 | 15:00 - 18:00

Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix

The 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place from 20th to 28th May 2019 in Geneva. This annual introductory briefing for WHA delegates and other participants aims to maximise participation of a wide-range of stakeholders in the Assembly’s work by highlighting its relevance and welcoming WHO and other experts involved in selected key issue.


15:00 - 15:15 | Welcome

Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute

John E. Lange, Ambassador; Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation

2019: Global health disruptions - What is at stake - Ilona Kickbusch

15:15 - 15:30 | WHA procedures and Governance

Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor, the Graduate Institute; Senior Fellow, Global Health Centre; Former Legal Counsel, WHO

15:30 - 16:30 | Panel Discussion: Transforming the WHO - What are the Implications?

WHO Representative

Anders Nordström, Ambassador for Global Health, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden

Socorro Flores Liera, Ambassador; Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Christopher Elias, President, Global Development Programme, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Mareike Haase, International Health Policy Advisor, Bread for the World

Moderator: Ilona Kickbusch

16:30 - 17:50 | 72nd World Health Assembly: What is at Stake

Health emergencies - Jaouad Mahjour, Assistant Director-General, Emergency Preparedness and International Health Regulations, WHO

Achieving Universal Health Coverage and Plans for the UN High-Level Meeting on UHC - Ranieri Guerra, Assistant Director-General, Lead for UN High-Level Meeting on UHC, WHO

The Nagoya Protocol: its public health implications and its impact on seasonal virus sharing - Steven Solomon, Principal Legal Officer for Governing Bodies, WHO

Improving the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and other health-related technologies - Andrew Rintoul, Scientist, Access to Medicines, Vaccines and Pharmaceuticals, WHO

Antimicrobial resistance - Hanan H. Balkhy, Assistant Director-General for Antimicrobial resistance, WHO

Moderator: John E. Lange

17:50 - 18:00 | Closing

Ilona Kickbusch and John E. Lange

Join us from 14:30 for a networking coffee.


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