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World Health Assembly to take important decisions affecting public health

16–25 May 2005

Agenda items

Monday, 16 May

09:00 (Room 23): News Conference - Bill Gates

10:00: Opening of the Fifty-eighth World Health Assembly

13:00-13:15 (Assembly Hall): Photo opportunity - Dr LEE Jong-wook and members of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

15:00: Plenary Speakers:

  • Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General
  • His Excellency Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives
  • Bill Gates, Co-Founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Tuesday, 17 May

09:00: Committee A: Revision of the International Health Regulations

12:30-13:30 (Press Room III): Media briefing - Launch of the Heath Metrics Network

13:00-14:30 (Room 12): Technical briefing - Mexico summit: Ministerial Summit on Health Research

15:00: Committee A: Achievement of health-related Millennium Development Goals; health action in relation to crises (EB115.R11)

Wednesday, 18 May

AM: Committee A: Sustainable financing for tuberculosis prevention and control (EB114.R1)

13:00-14:30 (Room 12): Technical briefing - Strengthening pandemic influenza preparedness and response

Thursday, 19 May

AM: Committee A: Proposed programme budget 2006-2007
Committee B: Health conditions of, and assistance to, the Arab population in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine

13:00-14:30 (Room 12): Technical briefing - Maternal and child health

Friday, 20 May

AM: Committee A: Malaria (EB115.R14)

13:00-14:30 (Room 12): Technical briefing - Scaling up HIV/AIDS prevention in the context of antiretroviral treatment

14:00-15:00 (Press Room III): Media briefing - Global Immunization Vision and Strategy

15:00: Committee A: Smallpox; polio eradication

Saturday, 21 May

09:00: Committee A: Draft global immunization strategy (note media materials at Global Immunization Vision and Strategy (GIVS) web site); strengthening pandemic influenza preparedness and response (EB115.R16)

Monday, 23 May

AM: Committee A: Antimicrobial resistance (EB115.R6); infant and young child nutrition (EB115.R12)

13:00-14:30 (Room 12): Technical briefing - Health Metrics Network (HMN)

15:00: Committee A: Social health insurance (EB115.R13); eHealth (EB115.R20)

Tuesday, 24 May

09:00: Committee A: Mexico Summit: Ministerial Summit on Health Research
Committee B: Cancer prevention and control (EB114.R2); disability, including prevention, management and rehabilitation (EB114.R3)

13:00-14:30 (Room 12): Technical briefing - Irrational use of medicines damages health and wastes resources: What can we do about it?

15:00: Committee B: Public health problems caused by harmful use of alcohol (EB115.R5); International Plan of Action on Ageing, report on implementation (EB115.R7)

Wednesday, 25 May

AM: Reports of the committees, and closure of the Assembly