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77th World Health Assembly on climate change and health begins

Geneva, May 27 (Prensa Latina) The 77th World Health Assembly (WHA) began in Geneva, focusing on core issues for the sector such as preparation for future pandemics and the influence of climate change on human well-being.

The World Health Organization (WHO) issued an official statement detailing that the event will be a favorable space to present its 2025-2028 strategy, which addresses the health impact of climate change, aging, migration, and advances in science and technology. “The Agreement on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response will be discussed, led by WHO member states and whose objective is to ensure that all countries are better prepared and able to respond effectively and equitably to future pandemics,” the text points out.

The first day will include the meetings of commissions dedicated to deliberating on antimicrobial resistance and speeding up national and global responses, as well as WHO’s strategic and operational priorities, from 2025 to 2035, to address drug-resistant bacterial infections in human health.

In addition, global malaria strategies and technical targets from 2016 to 2030, preparedness and response to public health emergencies, and WHO’s work in such situations will be addressed.

Furthermore, the health situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in the Israeli-held Syrian Golan will be assessed, and a summary of the health-related support and technical assistance provided to the Palestinian people since January 1st until October 7th, 2023, will be presented.

The commissions on prevention of sexual exploitation, abuse, and harassment will also meet, and the Report of the Programme, Budget and Administration Committee of the Executive Board will be presented to the 77th World Health Assembly.

It is expected agreements on health emergencies, access to transformative tools, and antimicrobial resistance will be reached during the event, in which health authorities from all over the planet will participate.

The WHA is the supreme decision-making body of WHO, and its main functions are to determine the organization’s policies, appoint the director-general, oversee financial policies, and review and approve the proposed program budget.