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Sixty-second World Health Assembly

Date: 18-22 May 2009
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

The 62nd session of the World Health Assembly took place in Geneva during 18-22 May 2009. At this session, the Health Assembly discussed a number of public health issues, including:

  • pandemic influenza preparedness: sharing of influenza viruses and access to vaccines and other benefits;
  • implementation of the International Health Regulations;
  • primary health care, including health system strengthening;
  • social determinants of health; and
  • monitoring the achievement of the health-related Millennium Development Goals.

The Health Assembly also discussed the programme budget, administration and management matters of WHO.

SPEECHES

Dr Margaret Chan

Opening address

WHO Director-General

Nimal S. De Silva

President, 62nd World Health Assembly

Ban Ki-moon

Transcript

United Nations Secretary-General

Sarah Brown

Transcript

Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood

What WHO does

Commentary

Dr Flavia Bustreo, Assistant Director General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health through the Life-course.

Funding

A mother and child in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.