World Health Assembly WHA70

World Health Assembly
22–31 May 2017, Geneva

Watch WHA70 live
Starts at 09:30 CEST on 22 May 2017, Monday

Preliminary Journal
Provisional agenda
All documents
Selected Documents:
A70/9 – Health emergencies: WHO response in severe, large-scale emergencies
A70/10 – Health emergencies: Research and development for potentially epidemic diseases
A70/14 – Poliomyelitis
A70/14 Add.1 – Polio transition planning
A70/17 – Review of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework
A70/20 – Addressing the global shortage of, and access to, medicines and vaccines
A70/25 – Global vaccine action plan

Medicines and health products
Noncommunicable diseases
Emergencies preparedness, response
Poliomyelitis (polio)
Antimicrobial resistance
Maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health

Election process for WHO Director-General
The process to elect the next Director-General of WHO is underway. An overview of the election process follows:
:: Names of candidates for the next Director-General nominated by Member States were announced on 23 September 2016.
:: In October 2016, Member States and candidates were given the opportunity to interact in a password-protected web forum hosted by WHO.
:: On 1–2 November 2016, a live forum was held, at which candidates presented their vision to Member States and were also able to answer questions on their candidacy. The candidates’ forum was webcast on the WHO website in all official languages.
:: In January 2017, WHO’s Executive Board drew up a short list of 5 candidates. Executive Board members then interviewed these candidates and selected 3 nominees to go forward to the World Health Assembly in May 2017.
:: At the Seventieth World Health Assembly, Member States will vote in a new Director-General, who will take office on 1 July 2017.
Nominees for the post of WHO Director-General
The WHO Executive Board selected by vote the following 3 candidates to be presented to World Health Assembly as nominees for the post of Director-General of WHO.
:: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The Government of Ethiopia has submitted the nomination of Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
: David Nabarro
The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has submitted the nomination of Dr David Nabarro.
: Sania Nishtar
The Government of Pakistan has submitted the nomination of Dr Sania Nishtar.