70th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland

The 70th World Health Assembly was held recently (22nd-31st May) in Geneva, Switzerland. In the meeting member nations agreed to increase their assessed contributions by 3 percent.

Member states also agreed on a five-year action plan that will initiate collaboration between WHO, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in tackling shortfalls in global health and social workforce.

About World Health Assembly-

The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.

Static Takeaways for SBI PO Mains-

  • The currency of Switzerland is Swiss Franc
  • Doris Leuthard has been elected to the Swiss presidency for 2017
  • Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the newly appointed Director-General of World Health Organization.
Source- WHO


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