Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly

19–24 May 2014, Geneva, Switzerland

Delegations from all WHO Member States meet in Geneva from 19 to 24 May 2014, for the Sixty-seventh World Health Assembly, WHO’s highest decision-making body. This year’s agenda, prepared by the WHO Executive Board, includes several items of particular interest to the WHO European Region.

  • Framework of engagement with non-state actors: the draft document to be presented to WHA67 provides an overarching framework, as well as separate policies on engagement with different groups of non-State actors. It incorporates comments from Member States at the informal consultation.
  • Strategic resource allocation: a new strategic resource allocation methodology will be presented to WHA67 for guidance, in support of WHO’s one workplan and one budget; it will be applied to both assessed and voluntary contributions in developing the programme budget for 2016–2017.
  • Draft global strategy and targets for tuberculosis prevention care and control after 2015: the draft plan presents the new multisectoral strategic approaches and post-2015 international targets for tuberculosis.
  • Global vaccine action plan: this provides a summary of the progress made towards achievement of global immunization targets, using the monitoring and accountability framework approved at WHA66. A regional vaccine action plan 2015–2020 is on the agenda of the sixty-fourth session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe (RC64).
  • Prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases: this report gives an overview of implementation of the action plan for the global strategy for prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases and the work done as a follow-up to the Political Declaration of the High-level Meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.
  • Maternal, infant and young child nutrition: this document describes the progress made in relation to the comprehensive implementation plan on maternal, infant and young child nutrition, and gives information on the establishment of a joint working group to develop an outcome document for the Second International Conference on Nutrition. In the European Region, as a follow-up to the Vienna Declaration, the WHO European Region food and nutrition action plan 2014–2020 will be presented to RC64.
  • Health in the post-2015 development agenda: this document provides a summary of the process of intergovernmental negotiations decided upon at the special event on progress towards achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in September 2013 and of the emerging narrative on health in the post-2015 development agenda.
  • Access to essential medicines: this agenda item focuses on improving access to essential medicines and strengthening national processes for selection of essential medicines.
  • Health intervention and technology assessment in support of universal health coverage: this agenda item outlines the role of health technology assessments in making evidence-based decisions on selection and use of new medical products.
  • Poliomyelitis: this document summarizes the status of implementation of the polio eradication and endgame strategic plan 2013–2018. Based on advice from the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee, the Director-General declared the international spread of wild poliovirus a public health emergency of international concern and issued temporary recommendations to reduce the international spread of wild poliovirus, effective 5 May 2014.
  • Antimicrobial drug resistance: in view of the threat posed by growing antimicrobial drug resistance to the long-term sustainability of public health control of many infectious diseases, as well as the substantial related health-economic and economic costs, this report highlights the response and the need for further global action. A progress report on the implementation of the European strategic action plan on antibiotic resistance 2011–2020 will be presented at RC64.

About the World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly is the highest decision-making body of WHO. Its main functions are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.