WHO member countries to decide on EU-led reform proposal for health emergency response

The World Health Organization's (WHO's) executive board will decide during their meeting on January 18-26, 2021, whether to back EU-led proposals for reforms to the agency’s response to health emergencies.

If the executive board calls for the creation of a resolution, WHO member countries will be able to decide whether to jointly agree on the resolution during the World Health Assembly beginning on May 24.

The resolution would call for strengthening the WHO’s capacity for health emergency preparedness and response, as well as increasing coordination with other UN agencies and partners.

In addition to the EU and its member countries, particularly Germany and France, the resolution is also being backed by 13 other WHO member countries: Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Monaco, Montenegro, Norway, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the UK, and the US. 

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