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World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the governing body meeting of the World Health Organization (WHO), the technical health agency of the United Nations. The WHA takes place each May at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, and is attended by delegations from all 194 Member States. During the one week meeting, countries agree to resolutions, adopt action plans, supervise finances, review and approve the proposed budgets, discuss key public health issues, and determine the policies of the organization.

The Secretary of Health and Human Services leads the U.S. delegation to WHA.

HHS at the 72th World Health Assembly, May 20-28, 2019

Secretary Alex M. Azar led a multi-agency U.S. delegation to the 72th World Health Assembly, including several OGA staff. Review materials and look back at the discussion and events of the week-long conference which brought together top health officials and experts from around the world.


Secretary Azar's Plenary Statement

Press Releases

Secretary Azar Attends the 72nd World Health Assembly as Head of U.S. Delegation

Secretary Azar Attends Second Day of the 72nd World Health Assembly, Signs Agreement with Indonesia

Links and Resources

WHA 72 Agenda

WHA 72 Documentation

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Content last reviewed on July 3, 2019