The Health Internet
World Health Assembly Resolution, 2013
The 66th World Health Assembly discussed eHealth in May 2013, approving resolution WHA66.24. The resolution emphasized that health-related global top-level domain names in all languages, including “.health”, should be operated in a way that protects public health, including by preventing the further development of illicit markets of medicines, medical devices and unauthorized health products and services.
It urged Member States to consider ways for ministries of health and public health authorities to work with their national representatives on the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee (GAC) in order to coordinate national positions towards the delegation, governance and operation of health-related global top-level domain names in all languages, including “.health”, in the interest of public health.
It requested the Director-General to convey to the appropriate bodies, including the ICANN GAC and ICANN constituencies, the need for health-related global top-level domain names in all languages, including “.health”, to be consistent with global public health objectives; and to continue working with the appropriate entities, including the ICANN Governmental Advisory Committee and ICANN constituencies as well as intergovernmental organizations, towards the protection of the names and acronyms of intergovernmental organizations, including WHO, in the Internet domain name system.