The 72nd session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place from 20-28 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 issues.
This year's edition will focus on the implications of the WHO transformation process, including WHO’s financing needs and its work with partners. The programme will also provide briefings on the following issues, among others: health emergencies, Universal Health Coverage and the UN High Level Meeting in September 2019, the Nagoya protocol and its implications for public health, the transparency of markets for medicines, vaccines and other health-related technologies, and antimicrobial resistance.
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, World Health Organization
15:30 – 16:30 | PANEL DISCUSSION: TRANSFORMING THE WHO – WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS?
- Peter Singer, Special Advisor to the Director-General, WHO
- 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.
The event is jointly organised by the United Nations Foundation and the GHC as WHO Collaborating Centre on Governance for Health and Global Health Diplomacy.