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  • World Health Assembly agrees new Health Emergencies Programme
    25 May 2016 -- WHO Member States agreed to one of the most profound transformations in the Organization’s history, establishing a new Health Emergencies Programme. The programme adds operational capabilities for outbreaks and humanitarian emergencies to complement its traditional technical and normative roles.
  • World Health Assembly highlights importance of multisectoral action on health
    24 May 2016 - Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, addressed the World Health Assembly today. She stressed the links between climate change and health, including those related to the spread of vector-borne diseases.
  • China and Russia teams join WHO’s Emergency Medical Team Initiative
    24 May 2016 -- WHO Director-General presented letters of certification to China and Russia emergency medical teams (EMTs) that will provide mobile emergency field hospitals and staff members in response to natural disasters and disease outbreaks.

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Posters: World No Tobacco Day

For this year's World No Tobacco Day campaign, WHO is calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.

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Director-General's speeches

Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO speaking at the plenary session of the Sixty-sixth World Health Assembly.
  • Address to the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly
    23 May 2016 -- Dr Chan called for celebration of the stunning health achievements during the MDG era, but warned that health challenges have grown far more numerous and complex. As the era of sustainable development begins, health is being shaped by three slow-motion disasters: climate change, antimicrobial resistance, and the rise of noncommunicable diseases.

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