Permanent Representation of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Geneva, Switzerland

Start of the World Health Assembly

The 69th session of the World Health Assembly (‪WHA‬) will take place in Geneva from the 23rd until the 28th of May 2016. The World Health Assembly is the supreme decision-making body of the World Health Organization (WHO) and will be attended by 3.000 delegates from WHO Member States and partner organizations.

The main functions of this annual event are to determine the policies of the WHO, supervise financial policies and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

The delegation of the Netherlands will consist a.o. of the Dutch Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport Ms Schippers, the State Secretary for Health, Welfare and Sport Mr Van Rijn, the Director General at the Department of Health Ms Berg and the Deputy Director-General for International Cooperation Ms Buijs. 

One of the important topics to be discussed is antimicrobial resistance ( AMR) on which the Netherlands and the United Kingdom will organize the side event “Global coordination and cooperation in antibiotic research and innovation” aiming to identify realistic options and new concepts to provide incentives for AMR research and innovation and to increase access within the context of prudent use. Another important topic for the Netherlands is WHO emergency reform. It is crucial that WHO coordinates all-hazards preparedness globally and responds more effectively to health emergencies in a multisectoral approach to be better prepared and responsive in situations as Ebola or Zika. HIV/AIDS, dementia and the public health dimension of the world drug problem are items the Netherlands is actively involved in.