64th World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly, which took place from 16 - 24 May 2011 discussed a specific health agenda prepared by the WHO Executive Board as well as the programme budget, administration and management matters of WHO.

Several events and activities around the assembly had a HRH-focus, including a Minsterial briefing on the first-ever State of the World's Midwifery Report, which will be officially launched in June at the Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban, South Africa. There was also a technical briefing on the challenges and opportunities around successful implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice on the international recruitment of health personnel.

In addition, several new resolutions specific to HRH were adopted : The first lays out strategies to strengthen nursing and midwifery, such as developing national targets and action plans and improving training; the second outlines actions to strengthen the health workforce through effective implementation of the WHO Global Code of Practice; the third sets out to strengthen national policy dialogue to build more robust health policies, strategies and plans, the fourth aims for sustainable health financing structures and universal coverage of health care and services, stressing the principles of equity and solidarity and the fifth focuses on strengthening national health emergency and disaster management capacities and resilience of health systems.