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55th World Health Assembly - 13-18 May 2002 Guidelines and information for correspondents covering the World health assembly (WHA)

Accreditation procedures

Correspondents wishing to cover the WHA must be accredited by the UN or by the WHO Press Office, Room A. 539. Those applying for accreditation must be from news or information outlets in press, radio, television or photos.

Press announcements

Announcements will be made in the Press Rooms of the Palais des Nations through a loud-speaker system regarding the issuance of important documents and press releases, the scheduling of press conferences and briefings, and other items of interest to correspondents.

Daily Journal of the World Health Assembly/Press Releases/Other documents

Press materials and official documents are available at the Press Office, 8th Floor, Palais des Nations, Office No. A. 817 and in Press Room No. 1. On a daily basis, journalists will have the documents which will be discussed in the course of the day by the delegates. Documents and Daily journal will also be available at

Advance texts: material under embargo

Some texts of speeches, statements and other materials will be issued under embargo. Please respect the release date and hour indicated.

Access to meetings

Most meetings of the WHA are open to the press and the public, or can be covered from special designated press areas. Correspondents should consult the daily Journal of the World Health Assembly for information on whether meetings are "open" or "closed".

Correspondents may enter the floor of the Assembly Hall and committee rooms before or after meetings, but must return to the press areas promptly when the meeting is about to begin.


Information on the WHO Photo Service can be obtained from Mr Pierre Virot, Room No. A. 533, Tel. 022 917 6811.

Information for photo and film correspondents

WHO requests that photo journalists respect the rules set out by the Secretary, Security and Protocol of the Assembly. Flash units may be used, but photographers are encouraged to use telephoto lenses and avoid grouping around delegations or speakers so as not to disturb their work. Filming of interviews can be arranged through the WHO Audio-visual Service (Office A. 531, Tel. 022 917 6993). Video coverage of the proceedings of the WHA and the delegates' speeches in the Assembly Hall may also be obtained from the same office. Filming and videotaping of the WHA is limited to news, documentary and educational coverage of the meetings. Accredited photo and film correspondents may cover all "open", meetings of the Assembly and move around freely on the floor of the Assembly Hall and the main committee rooms before a meeting is called to order. Photographers are NOT allowed on the podium in any of the meeting rooms, including the Assembly Hall. Correspondents are reminded that it is imperative to avoid congestion near the podium, especially during debates. Information for radio correspondents

Radio correspondents may use the WHO temporary facilities at the Palais des Nations for interviews of dispatches pertaining to WHO and the WHA. Studio facilities can be reserved through the WHO Audio-visual Office, Room No. A. 531, Tel. 022 917 6993 or the radio technician’s Office N°10 (building E), Maurice Engler, Tel. 022 917 6283


Media Briefings:

Monday, 13 May 2002:

10:40-10:55 Photo call: Wyeth donation to the Polio Eradication Patnership

FDR statue

Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland – WHO-Director-General; Tommy Thompson - US Secretary of Health; Kevin Reilly - President of Wyeth Vaccines and Nutrition; Jack Blane - Director of Rotary International Private Sector Campaign

Tuesday, 14 May 2002:

14:15-15:00 Deliberate use of biological and chemical agents

Salle de Presse 1 Dr David Heymann – WHO-Executive Director/CDS; (and other participants tbc)

Wednesday, 15 May 2002:

11:00-12:00 Move for Health: Behavioural Change in a Global Perspective

Salle de Presse I Dr Derek Yach – WHO-Executive Director/NMH; (and others tbc)

13:00–14:00 Investing in Health for Sustainable Development

Salle de Presse III Dr Jeffrey Sachs - UN Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on Millenium Development; Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland WHO-Director General

Thursday, 16 May 2002:

11:00-12:00 Traditional and Alternative Medicine – First Global Strategy to Ensure Safety, Quality and Access

Salle de Presse I Dr Jonathan Quick – WHO-Director/EDM; Dr Xiaroui Zhang – WHO- Coordinator/Traditional Medecine; Dr Torkel Falkenberg - Karolinska Institute (Sweden)


12:00-13:00 Afghanistan's Health - Afghanistan's Future

Salle de Presse III Dr Jama, WHO Coordinator for Afghanistan.

Technical briefings:

Tuesday, 14 May 2002:

13:00-14:00 Deliberate use of biological and chemical agents

Room XVI (Opening: Dr Guenael Rodier – WHO-Director/CSR; Guest Speakers: Dr Julio Frenk – Minister of Health (Mexico); McClellan – Minister of Health (Canada); Minister of Health (Ghana))

There will be interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French , Russian and Spanish.

Wednesday, 15 May 2002:

13:00-14:00 Diabetes – our failure to deal with a modern epidemic

Room XIX (Opening: Dr Derek Yach - WHO-Executive Director/NMH; Guest Speakers: Dr Mary Bellizi (Scotland); Hon. A. K Jugnauth (Mauritius); Hon. Errol Morrison (Jamaica))

There will be interpretations in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

13:00–14:00 Guinea worm eradication/African trypanosomiasis intensified control

Room XVI (Opening: Dr Maria P. Neira – WHO-Director/CPE; Guest Speakers: Dr Hussein A. Gezairy – WHO-Regional Director/EMRO; Dr E.M. Samba – WHO-Regional Director/AFRO)

There will be interpretation in Arabic, Chines, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Thursday, 16 May 2002:

13:00-14:00 Traditional medicine: access, effectiveness, safety and quality

Room XIX (Guest Speakers: Dr Abayomi Sofowora (Nigeria); Dr Shen Zhixiang (Republic of China); Dr Yasuhiro Suzuki – WHO-Executive Director/HTP)

There will be interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian and Spanish.

13:00-14:00 Recent developments in access to care of people living with HIV/AIDS

Room XVI (Dr Badara Samb – WHO-HIV Care team; Dr Jos Perriens – WHO-HIV Care Team; Dr Jonathan Krieg – WHO-Director/EDM; Dr Tomris Turmen – WHO-Executive Director/FCH)

There will be interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

Friday, 17 May 2002:

13:00-14:00 Civil society perspectives on health: the People’s Charter for health

Room XVI (Opening: Eva Wallstam – WHO-Director/CSI; Guest Speakers: Dr Ravi Narayan (India);Dr Zafrullah Chowdhury (Bangladesh); Anne Caroline Wihbey (Brazil); Mwajuma Saiddy Masaiganah (Tanzania); Ellen Verhuel (The Netherlands)There will be interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

13:00-14:00 Twenty-five years of essential drugs: achievements and challenges

Room XII (Opening: Dr Yasuhiro Suzuki – WHO-Executive Director/HTP; Dr Jonathan Quick – WHO-Director/EDM; Guest speakers: Dr.H.V. Hogerzeil – WHO- Expert Committee; Dr Ginez Gonzalez Garcia (Argentina); Prof Ranjit Roy Chaudhury (India))

There will be interpretation in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.



During the 55th World Health Assembly, World Health Organization (WHO) personnel serving the press will be located in the Palais des Nations. To directly dial the following numbers from outside the Palais des Nations, please dial 91 before the extension.

Communications Office of the Director-General's Office

Phone Numbers + Mobile Numbers

UN Office

Jon Lidèn - Media Coordination

Mob. 079 244 6006

Off. 022 917 6807




Lorna Wieteska


Mob. 079 475 5557

Off. 022 917 6804


A. 539

Press Secretariat

Joëlle Munzinger

Mob. 079 221 7832

Off. 022 917 6806


A 537

Press Officers

Fadéla Chaib Director General’s Office/Communications (DGO/COM)

Mob. 079 475 5556

Off. 022 917 6887



Melinda Henry Director General’s Office/Communications (DGO/COM)

Mob. 079 244 6046

Off. 022 917 6886



Matilda Kentridge Director General’s Office/Communications (DGO/COM)

Mob. 079 475 5520

Off. 022 917 6805



Iain Simpson Communicable Diseases Programme (CDS)

Mob. 079 475 5534

Off. 022 791 3215



Daniella Bagozzi Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals (HTP)

Mob. 079 475 5490

Off. 022 791 4544



Reshma Prakash Noncommunicable Diseases/Tobacco free Initiative (NMH/TFI)

Mob. 079 475 5551

Off. 022 791 3443



Christine McNab Global Polio Eradication Initiative

Mob. 079 254 6815

Off. 022 791 4688



Gregory Hartl Sustainable Development and Healthy Environments (SDE)

Mob. 079 203 6715

Off. 022 791 4458



Chris Powell Family and Community Health (FCH)/td>

M. 079 203 6715

Off. 022 791 2888




Gilbert Padey Headquarters)

Beep: 022 791 2544

Mob. 079 221 7831



Cecilia Mazuy (Documents Clerk)

Off. 022 917 6955


Jean Damasère Gasanabo (Documents Clerk)

Off. 022 917 6905



Harrikrisna Anenden (Exhibits)

Mob. 079 475 5513

Off. 022 917 6813


Alain De Nef (Cameraman)

Beep: 791 30 56

Mob. 079 475 5514

Off. 022 917 6644


Maurice Engler (Radio technician)

Mob. 079 637 9470

Off. 022 917 6283

Batiment E bureau N°10

François Isoard (Cameraman)

Mob. +33 613 28 6869

Off. 022 917 6812

A. 531

Jean-Marc Glinz (Multi-Media and video)

Mob. 079 475 5515

Mob. 079 203 9644

Off. 022 917 6810


Marion Lindsay (Video)

Mob. 079 475 5512

Off. 022 791 3044

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Danielle Suter (Audio-visual Assistant)

Off. 022 917 6993


Pierre Virot (Photographer)

Mob. 079 354 8212

Off. 022 917 6811