Trade, foreign policy, diplomacy and health

Links to globalization related WHO sites

  • Trade, Intellectual Property Rights and Access to Medicines
    TRIPS, globalization and access to medicines.
  • Food safety
    In partnernship with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), WHO provides for the Secretariat of the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC). The standards, guidelines and recommendations of the CAC are referred to in the World Trade Organization's Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures (SPS Agreement) as the international benchmarks for national requirements and thus for international harmonization.
  • International Health Regulations
    The International Health Regulations (IHR) aim to limit interference with international traffic and trade while ensuring public health through the prevention of disease spread.
  • The Tobacco Free Initiative
    The Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI) was established in July 1998 to focus international attention, resources and action on the global tobacco epidemic. TFI collaborates with an international network of scientists and health experts to promote research on various aspects of tobacco production and consumption and their impact on health and economics. Policy recommendations are developed based on this research and in accordance with the provisions of the WHO FCTC.
  • Human resources for health
    The mission of the WHO Department of Human Resources for Health is "to provide equitable access for all people to an adequately trained, skilled and supported health workforce to contribute towards the attainment of the highest possible level of health."

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