Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

68th Session of the World Health Assembly

A delegation led by H.E. Tandin Wangchuk, Health Minister will be attending the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly, 18-26 May 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.

The World Health Assembly is an annual event and serves as the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States.

This 68th Session of the Assembly would deliberate on:
Technical issues:
• Non communicable diseases (Childhood obesity, nutrition, epilepsy and progress on 2014 UN high level meeting on NCDs)
• Promoting health through the life course (Health MDGS, post 2015 development agenda, women and adolescent health, environmental health, health equity)
• Preparedness, surveillance and response (Antimicrobial resistance, Poliomyelitis, International Health Regulations, WHO’s response to emergencies)
• Communicable Diseases (Ebola, Malaria, Dengue, Global vaccine action plan)
• Health systems (emergency and essential surgical care and anesthesia, international recruitment of health personnel, counterfeit medical products, Research)

Management and administration issues:
• WHO reform process
• Election to Executive Board
• WHO Awards
• Programme and budget
• Audit and oversight Staffing

Besides the main Assembly, Bhutan would be co-sponsoring three side-events: 
1. Autism Spectrum Disorder-from resolution to global action (led by Bangladesh)
2. Strategies to overcome resistance against pictorial warning message on tobacco (led by Sri Lanka)
3. Political commitment and Global Efforts to Accelerate Responsible Use of Antimicrobials (led by Thailand)

The side-events are official country positions and support to the theme of these respective events.

Hon’ble Minister is also scheduled to conduct bilateral meetings with Heads of Delegation of Australia and New Zealand on the sidelines of the Assembly. Lyonpo would also address a special session on Water and Sanitation in Healthcare Facilities organized by the World Health Organisation.