117th Executive Board
Date: 23-28 January 2006
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
The Executive Board is composed of 32 members technically qualified in the field of health. Members are elected for three-year terms. The main Board meeting, at which the agenda for the forthcoming Health Assembly is agreed upon and resolutions for forwarding to the Health Assembly are adopted, is held in January, with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly, for more administrative matters. The main functions of the Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.
Key issues at the 117th Session of the Executive Board include the health situation in the South Asia earthquake zone, and global preparedness for a possible influenza pandemic.