The Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly has officially started! WHO members from all over the world are attending Geneva for this very special meeting, where they share messages and needs of their local communities. During this time WHO’s policies for the next year are being discussed and decided.
The event is held on 22-28 May and is the first in-person World Health Assembly since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Health for peace, peace for health
Peace became the main theme for this year’s World Health Assembly. With current political crises that damage people’s lives and restrain them from access to medical help, it is WHO’s responsibility to act and use its powers to do what it takes to restore peace, safety and health to those who had lost it.
The event’s agenda includes multiple important topics, such as:
- Investing in a sustainably financed WHO (read about the agreement here).
- Urgent paradigm shift towards preventing disease and promoting health: Economics of Health for All.
- Radical reorientation of health systems towards primary health care as the foundation of universal health coverage: The best and only choice to achieve universal health coverage.
- Towards a new architecture for health emergency preparedness, response and resilience: 10 proposals for a safer world.
- Behavioral Science for Better Health.
Watch it live!
You can find live transmissions and recordings on this website. There are multi-language interpretations provided (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish). We also encourage you to take part in interesting side events, such as Strengthening the governance of health data that will be available on May 25th, 18.00-19.30 CET. You can register for the event on this website.
Some of the latest news from the event can be found here. If you want to learn more on this year’s WHA themes, we also recommend checking out this series of articles: Allies in Action: #WHA75 Edition.
Walk the Talk
The World Health Assembly is all about health, but the event activities are not limited to just talking. This year WHO hosted the 3rd edition of Walk the Talk – an initiative promoting healthy lifestyle through engaging people in physical activities, such as dancing and yoga, as well as running or walking.
The walk for health took place in Geneva on 22 May. Almost 5000 people registered for the event, and 1800 more took part in it remotely, using a mobile application.
You can find further information here.