LIVE: 73rd session of World Health Assembly begins in Geneva (Part 1)

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Published on 18 May 2020, 18:11
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The 73rd session of the World Health Assembly begins in Geneva on Monday, May 18, in a virtual gathering for the first time ever.

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is held annually and focuses on the organisation’s policies, appointing the director-general, supervising financial policies, as well as reviewing and approving the proposed budget. The agenda has been limited to two days, starting on Monday.

TENTATIVE AGENDA:
- Opening of the Health Assembly by WHA 72 President
- Election of the President and five Vice-Presidents
- Presidential address
- Statements by invited speakers
- Address by the Director-General (on COVID-19 pandemic response)
- Statements by Heads of delegation on COVID-19 pandemic
- EB: election
- Closure/suspension (The WHA will consider suspending and reconvening later in the year to consider the remaining items on the agenda)

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