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Journal No. 1   27 May 2024

The Journal is intended to give delegates, representatives and other participants advance indications of the Health Assembly’s tentative programme of work. Additional information can be found in the Guide for delegates to the World Health Assembly (document A77/DIV./2)

The Journal does not constitute an official record of the Health Assembly’s proceedings. The Journal is published in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish on every working day during the Health Assembly.

N° 1 Programme of meetings for Monday, 27 May 2024

Time

Plenary
Room XIX

Committee A
Room XVIII

Others
Room XXIII

09:00

First Plenary meeting

 

 

 

High-level welcome

 

 

Immediately after conclusion of the High-level welcome

 

 

General Committee

 

14:30

Second Plenary meeting

 

 

Upon commencement of the general discussion

 

First meeting

 

Table of contents

1. Date and working hours

2. Programme of work of the Health Assembly

3. Strategic Roundtables

4. Other meetings

5. Arrangements for conduct of discussion in meetings

6. Announcements

7. Provisional list of speakers for the general discussion in Plenary

Travel expense reimbursement

In accordance with resolution WHA50.1 (1997), special consideration will be given to delegates whose countries are classified as least developed countries by the United Nations. WHO will cover the cost of an economy/tourist airfare by the most direct route to Geneva for one delegate of such countries. However, following the rules set forth by the World Health Assembly, WHO will not provide per diem or any other non-airfare expenditures. Please note that reimbursements will be made at the Inquiry Desk in Geneva, upon presentation of the air ticket and invoice. Reimbursements will take at least 24 hours to process, therefore requests made after Thursday, 30 May 2024 (midday) will not be taken into consideration.

1.  Date and working hours

The Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly will open on Monday, 27 May 2024 at 09:00. The working hours of the Health Assembly are from 09:00 to 12:00 and 14:30 to 17:30 (CEST). Evening sessions are planned as of Tuesday 28 May from 18:00 – 21:30 CEST. The Health Assembly will close no later than Saturday, 1 June 2024, as decided by the Executive Board at its 154th session.

Badge distribution

Delegates and other participants will be able to collect their badges from the Distribution Desk in the main lobby of WHO headquarters. The Distribution Desk will be open at the following times:

-  Monday, 27 to Friday, 31 May 2024 from 08:00 to 17:00

-  Saturday, 1 June 2024 from 08:00 until the closure of WHA77.

2. Programme of work of the Health Assembly

Monday, 27 May 2024

First Plenary meeting — Building E Room XIX

09:00

Item 1

Opening of the Health Assembly

Item 1.1

Appointment of the Committee on Credentials

Item 1.2

Election of the President

Item 1.3

Election of the five Vice-Presidents, the Chairs of the main committees, and establishment of the General Committee

High-level welcome

General Committee[1] — Building E Room XXIII

Immediately after conclusion of the high-level welcome in Plenary

Examination and submission to the Health Assembly of recommendations on such questions as:

-  Adoption of the provisional agenda as proposed by the Executive Board

-  Addition of supplementary items, if any, to the provisional agenda

-  Initial allocation to the main committees of items of the agenda

-  Deferment of any item to a future Health Assembly

-  Programme of work of the Health Assembly

Second Plenary meeting — Building E Room XIX

14:30

-  Presidential address

Item 1 continued

Opening of the Health Assembly

Item 1.4

Adoption of the agenda and allocation of items to the main committees

-  Documents A77/1 and A77/1 Add.1

Item 2

Report of the Executive Board on its 153rd and 154th sessions, and on its Seventh special session

-  Document A77/2

Item 3

Address by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General

-  General discussion

-  Document A77/3

First meeting of Committee A — Building E Room XVIII

Upon commencement of the general discussion

Item 10

Opening of the Committee[2]

Item 17 (Pillar 4)

Draft fourteenth general programme of work, 2025-2028

-  Document A77/16

Agenda items 16 & 18 will be taken together:

Item 16 (Pillar 4)

Financing and implementation of the Programme budget 2024-2025

-  Documents A77/14 and A77/15

Item 18 (Pillar 4)

Sustainable financing: WHO investment round

-  Document A77/17

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

Third, fourth and fifth Plenary meetings — Building E Room XIX

09:00, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 3 continued

-  General discussion

Second, third and fourth meetings of Committee A — Building E Room XVIII

09:00, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 17 (Pillar 4) continued

Draft fourteenth general programme of work, 2025-2028

-  Document A77/16

Agenda items 16 & 18 will be taken together:

Item 16 (Pillar 4) continued

Financing and implementation of the Programme budget 2024-2025

-  Documents A77/14 and A77/15

Item 18 (Pillar 4) continued

Sustainable financing: WHO investment round

-  Document A77/17

Committee on Credentials — Building E Room XXIII

14:00

 

14:30

Item 13 (Pillar 2)

Public health emergencies: preparedness and response

·  Item 13.4

Intergovernmental Negotiating Body to draft and negotiate a WHO convention, agreement or other international instrument on pandemic prevention, preparedness and response

-  Document A77/10

·  Item 13.3

Working Group on Amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005)

-  Document A77/9

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

Sixth Plenary meeting — Building E Room XIX

09:00

-  Report of the Committee on Credentials

Item 5

Admission of new Members and Associate Members [if any]

Fifth, sixth and seventh meetings of Committee A — Building E Room XX

Immediately after conclusion of the Report on the Committee on Credentials in Plenary, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 11 (Pillar 1)

Discussion of agenda item 11 will be grouped as follows: (11.1 & 11.2), (11.3, 11.4 & 11.5), (11.6, 11.7 & 11.8)

Review of and update on matters considered by the Executive Board

·  Item 11.1

Universal health coverage

-  Documents A77/4 and EB154/2024/REC/1, decision EB154(6)

·  Item 11.2

Follow-up to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases

-  Documents A77/4 and EB154/2024/REC/1, decision EB154(7)

o   Strengthening synergies between the World Health Assembly and the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

-  Document A77/INF./3

·  Item 11.3

Draft global action plan for infection prevention and control

-  Documents A77/4 and EB154/2024/REC/1, decision EB154(8)

·  Item 11.4

Immunization Agenda 2030

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 11.5

End TB Strategy

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 11.6

Road map for neglected tropical diseases 2021–2030

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 11.7

Acceleration towards the Sustainable Development Goal targets for maternal health and child mortality

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 11.8

Antimicrobial resistance: accelerating national and global responses

-  Document A77/5

Item 12 (Pillar 1)

Global technical strategy and targets for malaria 2016–2030

-  Document A77/6

First, second and third meetings of Committee B — Building E Room XVII

Immediately after conclusion of the Report on the Committee on Credentials in Plenary, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 19

Opening of the Committee4

Item 21 (Pillar 4)
Agenda sub-items under item 21 will be taken together:

Budget and financial matters

·  Item 21.1

Results Report 2023 (Programme budget 2022–2023: performance assessment) and Financial report and audited financial statements for the year ended 31 December 2023

-  Documents A77/19, A77/20 and A77/INF./2

·  Item 21.2

Scale of assessments 2025–2026 (proposed for deletion)

·  Item 21.3

Status of collection of assessed contributions, including Member States in arrears in the payment of their contributions to an extent that would justify invoking Article 7 of the Constitution

-  Document A77/21

·  Item 21.4

Special arrangements for settlement of arrears [if any]

·  Item 21.5

Assessment of new Members and Associate Members [if any]

·  Item 21.6

Amendments to the Financial Regulations and Financial Rules [if any]

Item 22 (Pillar 4)
Agenda sub-items 22.1, 22.2 & 22.3 will be taken together:

Audit and oversight matters

·  Item 22.1

Report of the External Auditor

-  Document A77/22

·  Item 22.2

Report of the Internal Auditor

-  Document A77/23

·  Item 22.3

External and internal audit recommendations: progress on implementation

-  Document A77/24

Item 20 – 14:30

Health conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan

-  Document A77/18

General Committee — Building E Room XXIII

17:30

Thursday, 30 May 2024

Eighth, ninth and tenth meetings of Committee A — Building E Room XX

09:00, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 15 (Pillar 3)

Discussion of agenda item 15 will be grouped as follows: (15.1, 15.2, 15.3 & 15.5), (15.4)

Review of and update on matters considered by the Executive Board

·  Item 15.1

Social determinants of health

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 15.2

Maternal, infant and young child nutrition

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 15.3

Well-being and health promotion

-  Documents A77/4 and EB154/2024/REC/1, decision EB154(13)

·  Item 15.4

Climate change, pollution and health

o   Impact of chemicals, waste and pollution on human health

-  Document A77/4

o   Climate change and health

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 15.5

Economics and health for all

-  Document A77/4

Item 13 (Pillar 2)
Agenda sub-items 13.1, 13.2, & 14.1 (Documents A77/11 & A77/4; Decisions EB154(9) & EB154(10)) will be taken together:

Public health emergencies: preparedness and response

·  Item 13.1

The Independent Oversight and Advisory Committee for the WHO Health Emergencies Programme

-  Document A77/7

·  Item 13.2

Implementation of the International Health Regulations (2005)

-  Documents A77/8, A77/8 Add.1, A77/8 Add.2, A77/8 Add.3 and A77/8 Add.4

Item 14 (Pillar 2)
Discussion of agenda item 14 will be grouped as follows: (14.1 (Document A77/12 & Resolution EB154.R7), 14.2 & 14.3 (Decision EB154(11)), (14.4 & 14.5)

Review of and update on matters considered by the Executive Board

·  Item 14.1

WHO’s work in health emergencies

-  Documents A77/4, A77/11, A77/12 and EB154/2024/REC/1, resolution EB154.R7, decisions EB154(9) and EB154(10)

·  Item 14.2

Implementation of resolution WHA75.11 (2022)

-  Document A77/13

·  Item 14.3

Global Health and Peace Initiative

-  Documents A77/4 and EB154/2024/REC/1, decision EB154(11)

·  Item 14.4

Poliomyelitis

o   Poliomyelitis eradication

-  Document A77/4

o   Polio transition planning and polio post-certification

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 14.5

Smallpox eradication: destruction of variola virus stocks

-  Document A77/4

Fourth, fifth and sixth meetings of Committee B — Building E Room XVII

09:00, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 23 (Pillar 4)
Agenda sub-items 23.1, 23.2, 23.3 & 23.4 will be taken together:

Staffing matters

·  Item 23.1

Human resources: annual report

-  Document A77/25

·  Item 23.2

Amendments to the Staff Regulations and Staff Rules

-  Documents A77/4 and EB154/2024/REC/1, resolution EB154.R9

·  Item 23.3

Report of the International Civil Service Commission

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 23.4

Appointment of representatives to the WHO Staff Pension Committee

-  Document A77/26

Item 24 (Pillar 4)
Agenda sub-items 24.1, 24.2 & 24.3 will be taken together:

Management, legal and governance matters

·  Item 24.1

Prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment

-  Document A77/4

·  Item 24.2

Process of handling and investigating potential allegations against WHO Directors-General

-  Document A77/27

·  Item 24.3

Secretariat implementation plan on reform

-  Document A77/28

Agenda items 25 & 28 will be taken together:

Item 25 (Pillar 4)

Update on the Infrastructure Fund

o   Geneva buildings renovation strategy and regional building projects

-  Document A77/29

Item 28

Updates and future reporting: strengthening integrated, people-centred health services

-  Document A77/32

Agenda items 26 & 27 will be taken together:

Item 26 (Pillar 4)

Agreements with intergovernmental organizations

-  Document A77/30

Item 27 (Pillar 4)

Collaboration within the United Nations system and with other intergovernmental organizations

-  Document A77/31

Friday, 31 May 2024

Seventh Plenary meeting — Building E Room XIX

09:00

Item 7

Awards

-  Document A77/INF./1

Item 6

Executive Board: election

Eleventh, twelfth and thirteenth meetings of Committee A — Building E Room XX

Immediately after conclusion of Item 6 in Plenary, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 15 (Pillar 3) continued

Review of and update on matters considered by the Executive Board         

Seventh, eighth and ninth meetings of Committee B — Building E Room XVII

Immediately after conclusion of Item 6 in Plenary, 14:30 and 18:00

Item 29 (Pillar 4) (one discussion)

Matters for information: progress reports

-  Documents A77/33 and A77/33 Add.1

Pillar 1: One billion more people benefiting from universal health coverage

A.    The global health sector strategies on, respectively, HIV, viral hepatitis and sexually transmitted infections (resolution WHA75.20 (2022))

B.    Preparation for the high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on universal health coverage (resolution WHA72.4 (2019))

C.   Reproductive health: strategy to accelerate progress towards the attainment of international development goals and targets (resolution WHA57.12 (2004))

D.   Eradication of dracunculiasis (resolution WHA64.16 (2011))

E.    Integrated people-centred eye care, including preventable vision impairment and blindness (resolution WHA73.4 (2020))

F.    Human organ and tissue transplantation (decision WHA75(18) (2022))

G.   Availability, safety and quality of blood products (decision WHA75(17) (2022))

H.   Public health dimension of the world drug problem (decision WHA75(20) (2022))

Pillar 2: One billion more people better protected from health emergencies

I.      Pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits (resolution WHA64.5 (2011))

J.     Strengthening health emergency preparedness and response in cities and urban settings (resolution WHA75.7 (2022))

Pillar 3: One billion more people enjoying better health and well-being

K.    WHO global strategy for food safety (decision WHA75(22) (2022))

L.    Reducing public health risks associated with the sale of live wild animals of mammalian species in traditional food markets – infection prevention and control (decision WHA75(23) (2022))

M.   Outcome of the SIDS Summit for Health: For a Healthy and Resilient Future in Small Island Developing States (resolution WHA75.18 (2022))

N.   Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property (resolution WHA75.14 (2022))

Pillar 4: More effective and efficient WHO providing better support to countries

O.   Strategy for integrating gender analysis and actions into the work of WHO (resolution WHA60.25 (2007))

Saturday, 1 June 2024

Fourteenth meeting of Committee A — Building E Room XX

09:00

Finalization of resolutions/decisions and reports

Tenth meeting of Committee B — Building E Room XVII

09:00

Finalization of resolutions/decisions and reports

Eighth Plenary meeting — Building E Room XIX

Immediately after conclusion of Committees A and B

Item 8

Reports of the main committees

Item 9

Closure of the Health Assembly

3. Strategic Roundtables

The following strategic roundtables will take place during the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly:

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

13:00–14:15 Room XX

All for Health, Health for All: the WHO Investment Case, 2025-2028.

Member States will be invited to approve WHO’s new strategy for 2025–2028, the 14th General Programme of Work (GPW14). The strategy is a co-creation of all Member States and partners facilitated by the WHO Secretariat that will accelerate progress in health and well-being for everyone, everywhere. By 2028 through the GPW14, WHO will have realized further major health gains: the combined efforts of WHO together with Member States and partners across the wide domain of health will have saved 40 million lives.

To deliver on this strategy, WHO needs to be predictably and sustainably financed. WHO’s new Investment Case, entitled "All for Health, Health for All," will be launched at this event. This publication will demonstrate WHO's unique value proposition, policy commitments, and transformative potential under GPW14, produced with inputs from WHO Member States, stakeholders, and global health partners. Participants will be presented with rich data and examples of WHO’s impact globally and in countries. Speakers will set out WHO’s unique role in global health, consider the opportunities and challenges for global health in the next four years, and share their support for a successful Investment Round as Member States and others rally around a sustainably financed WHO.

18:00–21:00 Chateau de Penthes

Celebrating 50 years of immunization progress: honouring achievements, embracing innovation, and envisioning the future.

Five decades ago, millions of children died of diseases such as measles, polio and diphtheria with few having access to life-saving vaccines. In May 1974, WHO launched the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI), bringing countries together to provide children everywhere with vaccines. Since then, governments, scientists, civil society, health workers and communities have worked together to deliver on this dream, saving an estimated 154 million children – 6 lives every minute – over the past 50 years.

This special high-level event will celebrate the remarkable progress and countless lives saved through what is now referred to as the Essential Programme on Immunization due to the expanded scope of essential vaccines across the life course, and call for renewed political and financial commitment to prioritize, invest in and strengthen essential immunization programmes worldwide. Join Dr Tedros, leaders, legends and rising stars of immunization for an evening exploring what has been, and what will be, humanly possible.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

13:00–14:15 Room XVIII

Economics and financing of health and well-being for all: a bold new vision for achieving universal health coverage.

The pandemic served as a stark reminder of the intricate relationship between health and the economy and the fragility of health systems. As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, countries are confronting huge gaps and challenges in delivering access to basic health services against the reality of escalating crises, climate change and major contractions in financing. WHO, world leaders and key partners, including parliaments, are working together to advance a bold new vision that places people’s health and well-being at the centre of national and global actions in an increasingly turbulent world.

The WHO Council on the Economics of Health For All reframed health as a public policy objective, setting forth recommendations to ensure that economies are structured to support health and well-being. Urgent investments in health—with a strong focus on reorienting health systems towards a primary health care approach – represents a key global priority to achieve Universal Health Coverage (UHC). Such investments are crucial to increase the capacity of communities and countries to deliver quality healthcare for all and enhance resilience to future health crises. Domestic public financing are the most sustainable resources and the clearest expression of how countries prioritize the health of their populations. Increased domestic financing combined with new financing opportunities is an essential ingredient to rapidly accelerate progress towards UHC.

This strategic roundtable will delve into pivotal new opportunities for WHO Member States to reposition Health For All as a shared responsibility across all sectors and a powerful driver of sustainable, equitable and purposeful development. It aims to enable health ministers to champion actions and influence financing across multiple sectors for a whole-of-society approach to advance people’s health and well-being. Following a keynote address on the work of the Council, the roundtable will share perspectives from regional investment banks, economists, national governments, civil society and parliament.

Thursday, 30 May 2024

13:00–14:15 Room XVIII

Artificial intelligence for health: opportunities, risks, and governance.

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has the potential to transform global health by providing advanced tools for surveillance, drug development, administration, diagnosis, treatment, and patient care. It can improve access to services, address workforce shortages, and reduce health system costs. But the success of AI depends on governance, equity, data, regulations, policies, and more.

The rapid growth of AI underscores the urgent need for this roundtable, which will drive collaboration to harness AI for health, while ensuring a focus on justice and inclusion, and protections for human rights and privacy.

Aligning with WHO’s support to countries on the digital transformation of health systems, this roundtable aims to: initiate discussions around a possible renewed Global Strategy on Digital Health and AI (2026-2030), explore priorities for the Global Initiative on AI for Health (GI-AI4H); identify priority areas for guidance, technical support and consensus-building; and distribute responsibilities across stakeholders, including resource mobilization to support Member States in leveraging AI to strengthen health systems.

Speakers from academia, ministries of health and information and communications technology, the regulatory and private sectors will review the state of the art of what is possible with AI in health and address key issues, including public-private partnerships, national and regional regulatory oversight, and the investment case for AI in health system strengthening.

Friday, 31 May 2024

13:00–14:15 Room XVIII

Charting a new path forward for global action against antimicrobial resistance.

2024 is an important year for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) with the second United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on AMR taking place in September and the 4th Ministerial Meeting taking place from 15–16 November in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

These events along with the roundtable at the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly, provide the opportunity for Member States to commit to implementing specific outcome-oriented actions to address the global threat of AMR and chart a new path forward to accelerate global response.

This WHA roundtable will focus on how Member States can build on human health discussions and accelerate the global response to AMR. The strategic roundtable will have Ministers of Health, representatives from partner organizations, as well as survivor advocates providing a forum for dialogue and address specific priorities outlined in the WHO’s strategic and operational priorities to address drug-resistant bacterial infections. The discussion will reflect also on the Global Leaders Group on AMR (GLG) recommendations for consideration by Member States at the HLM on AMR, noting the supporting role of the Quadripartite Organizations and the GLG mandated by A/RES/76/257.

Saturday, 1 June 2024

13:00–14:15 Room XVIII

Climate change and health: a global vision for joint action.

Feeding into efforts to shape the global health architecture for addressing climate change, this roundtable will help define a plan to support countries to advance implementation, including of health outcomes and commitments from UN Climate Change Conferences (COPs).

The roundtable also aims to increase momentum and strengthen collaboration and coordination for driving action. Attendees should gain an enhanced understanding of the high-level global vision for climate and health, as well as of relevant initiatives at a global, regional and country level.

Panellists will look ahead to COP29 in Azerbaijan and COP30 in Brazil, and reflect on how to build on the pioneering efforts by the UAE for COP28. Also on the agenda will be the climate and health resolution expected to be adopted at the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly and the Alliance for Transformative Action on Climate and Health (ATACH).

This roundtable has particular significance, as the response to climate change is one of the six key strategic objectives of WHO’s Fourteenth General Programme of work for the period 2025-2028. It will facilitate coordination and amplify calls for adequate funding to overcome the obstacles of fragmented funding mechanisms and siloed approaches, to address complex climate and health challenges more effectively.

Video streaming

The strategic roundtable sessions will be webcast in the six UN languages. The webcasts can be viewed on Mac and PCs, as well as all mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows-enabled phones.

Arabic:            https://player.4am.ch/who/20220524-0601_Strategic_Roundtables/index.html?lang=ar

Chinese:         https://player.4am.ch/who/20220524-0601_Strategic_Roundtables/index.html?lang=zh

English:           https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_Strategic_Roundtables/index.html?lang=en

French:           https://player.4am.ch/who/20220524-0601_Strategic_Roundtables/index.html?lang=fr

Russian:          https://player.4am.ch/who/20220524-0601_Strategic_Roundtables/index.html?lang=ru

Spanish:          https://player.4am.ch/who/20220524-0601_Strategic_Roundtables/index.html?lang=es

4. Other meetings

The Secretariat has been advised that the following meetings will take place during the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly. This represents information received up to 27 May 2024:

Monday, 27 May 2024

08:00–08:45 Room XXIV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the Region of the Americas.

08:00–08:50 Room XXVII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

08:00–09:00 Room XXIII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO African Region.

08:15–08:45 Room XXVI

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO European Region.

08:15–09:00 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

12:30–14:00 Room XXII

Pacific Health Ministers Meeting.

13:00–14:30 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

17:45–18:30 Room XXV

Launch of the WHO Academy Group of Friends.

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

08:00–08:50 Room XXV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

08:00–08:50 Room XXVII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

08:00–09:00 Room XXIII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO African Region.

08:15–08:45 Room XXVI

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO European Region.

08:15–09:00 Room XVII

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

08:20–08:50 Room XXII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region.

13:00–14:30 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

Wednesday, 29 May 2024

08:00–08:50 Room XXV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

08:00–08:50 Room XXVII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

08:00–09:00 Room XXIII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO African Region.

08:10–09:00 Room XXIV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the Region of the Americas.

08:15–08:45 Room XXVI

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO European Region.

08:15–09:00 Room XVIII

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

08:20–08:50 Room XXII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region.

13:00–14:30 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

17:30–19:00 Room XXV

Parliamentary dialogue meeting.

Thursday, 30 May 2024

08:00–08:50 Room XXV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

08:00–08:50 Room XXVII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

08:00–09:00 Room XXIII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO African Region.

08:10–09:00 Room XXIV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the Region of the Americas.

08:15–08:45 Room XXVI

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO European Region.

08:15–09:00 Room XVIII

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

08:20–08:50 Room XXII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region.

13:00–14:30 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

18:00–20:00 Room XXV

Annual Caucus of CARICOM Ministers of Health and Heads of Delegation.

Friday, 31 May 2024

08:00–08:50 Room XXV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

08:00–08:50 Room XXVII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

08:00–09:00 Room XXIII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO African Region.

08:10–09:00 Room XXIV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the Region of the Americas.

08:15–08:45 Room XXVI

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO European Region.

08:15–09:00 Room XVIII

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

08:20–08:50 Room XXII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region.

13:00–14:30 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

Saturday, 1 June 2024

08:00–08:50 Room XXV

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region.

08:00–08:50 Room XXVII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO South-East Asia Region.

08:00–09:00 Room XXIII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO African Region.

08:15–08:45 Room XXVI

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO European Region.

08:15–09:00 Room XIV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

08:20–08:50 Room XXII

Meeting of the delegations of Member States of the WHO Western Pacific Region.

13:00–14:30 Room XXV

Coordination meeting of the European Union.

5. Arrangements for conduct of discussion in meetings

Plenary: theme of general discussion: “All for Health, Health for All”.

Member States, Associate Members, Observers, invited representatives of the United Nations and of other participating intergovernmental organizations will be provided with the opportunity to take the floor under agenda item 3 Address by Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General.

Resolution WHA52.21 (1999) on reform of the Health Assembly requested the Director-General to make appropriate arrangements for a shortened plenary meeting and, to this end, encouraged group or regional statements in plenary debate.

Member States can inscribe on the list of speakers for the general debate through this link. Copies of statements to be made in the general discussion should be submitted to the Office of the Assistant to the Secretary of the Health Assembly by email (interpret@who.int), or by handing them in to room E-3025C, or room XIX, where the plenary meetings are held, by the morning of Monday, 27 May 2024. When submitting by email, please specify in the “Subject” and at the top of the statement the name of the country and the meeting: “General Discussion”.

Verbal statements

Member State delegations are asked to observe the time limit for verbal statements during the sessions: individual statements by Member States and Associate Members will be limited to three minutes (330 words), Regional and group statements will be limited to four minutes (440 words). Delegations providing group statements are discouraged from taking the floor subsequently to provide a national statement. In addition, delegations on whose behalf a group statement is provided, are discouraged from subsequently taking the floor except to provide any brief additional comments that were not covered by the group statement.

Statements by Observers, invited representatives of the United Nations and other participating intergovernmental organizations will be limited to two minutes (220 words). Statements by non-State actors in official relations with the Organization will be limited to one minute and three minutes for constituency statements.

To ensure that statements are interpreted as clearly as possible, delegates are requested to submit a copy of their statements at least 30 minutes in advance by email to interpret@who.int.

Written statements

Member States and Associate Members are invited to submit written statements for posting on the website in the language of submission in accordance with the guidelines for written statements in decision WHA75(12).

Observers, invited representatives of the United Nations and of other participating and intergovernmental organizations are also invited to submit written statements in accordance with those guidelines. Non-State actors are invited to submit written statements as per the practical information for representatives of non-State actors in official relations with WHO.

In accordance with the guidelines, statements may be provided in any of the six WHO official languages and should be limited to 500 words for individual statements and 800 words for group statements. They should be submitted to statements@who.int, (non-State actors are asked to copy nsastatements@who.int), clearly indicating the relevant agenda item or sub-item in the subject line.

Interpretation

Interpretation will be provided in the official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) to help delegates to follow the discussions. Delegates are requested to speak clearly and at a normal speaking pace to enable clear and accurate interpretation. Copies of all statements should be submitted at least one hour in advance by email to interpret@who.int. Clearly indicate the name of the country delegation/group in the subject line of the email. 

Note: a statement of three minutes at normal speaking pace is equivalent to approximately 330 words.

6.  Announcements

Support

For IT support, please send an email to GBS-IT-Support@who.int.          

Video streaming

The public sessions will be webcast in the six UN languages. The webcasts can be viewed on Mac and PCs, as well as all mobile devices including iPhone, iPad, Android and Windows-enabled phones.

Arabic:            https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_WHA77/player.html?lang=ar

Chinese:         https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_WHA77/player.html?lang=zh

English:           https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_WHA77/index.html?lang=en

French:           https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_WHA77/player.html?lang=fr

Russian:          https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_WHA77/player.html?lang=ru

Spanish:         https://player.4am.ch/who/20240527-0601_WHA77/player.html?lang=es

Documents

Documents for the Seventy-seventh World Health Assembly can be accessed on the Internet through the WHO website (https://apps.who.int/gb/e/e_wha77.html).

WHA App

The World Health Assembly application allows you to receive updates on the WHA77 programme of work and access documentation directly on your mobile device. Scan the QR code or search for “WHO Events” in the Apple or Google Stores on your phone.

WHO Bookshop

The WHO bookshop is located at the Palais des Nations on level 2 of the E building, at door 40, during the World Health Assembly. The latest publications and information products issued by WHO and its regional offices are available at a 50% discount. WHO souvenirs are also on sale. The WHO bookshop is open from Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 16:30 at the Palais des Nations (during the Assembly) and at WHO Headquarters.

7.  Provisional list of speakers for the general discussion in Plenary

Delegates can view the speaker’s list at any given time:

https://extranet.who.int/dataformv3/index.php/reporting/module/657892

 

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[1] Rules 29 and 30 of the Rules of Procedure of the World Health Assembly define membership of and attendance at the General Committee. Web link: http://apps.who.int/gb/gov/.

3 Including election of the Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur.

4 Including election of Vice-Chairs and Rapporteur

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