WHO Watch: Call for Participation

Call for Watchers to participate to the World Health Assembly in May 2020

PHM is preparing for watching the 73rd World Health Assembly of the World Health Organisation taking place from the 18th to 21st May in Geneva, Switzerland. The World Health Assembly takes place once and Executive Board meeting takes place twice a year. The items on the WHA73 will probably include issues such as Primary health care, Follow-up to the political declaration of the third high-level meeting of the General Assembly on the prevention and control of non-communicable diseases, Global vaccine action plan, Accelerating the elimination of cervical cancer as a global public health problem, Ending tuberculosis, Epilepsy, Public health emergencies: preparedness and response, Poliomyelitis, Decade of Healthy Ageing, Maternal, infant and young child nutrition and digital health.

Can you attend the WHA73 Watch?

Through Medicus Mundi International, watchers are able to participate in the assembly, advocate our position to country delegates, and deliver statements from the floor to the meeting body. We are looking for PHM activists to join as watchers in Geneva. If you are keen to develop your knowledge on issues discussed at the meeting, and to be involved in strengthening these issues in your country or region after the meeting, please let us know. As the work is intense, being able to work under pressure and still provide support to your co-watchers will be a great advantage. It is also important for the process that watchers are able to join for the full period of the activity, including a preparatory workshop the week before the World Health Assembly. This means to arrive on Monday 11th May and depart on Saturday 23rd May.

If you are interested in the politics of global health governance and understanding the role that people’s movements can play in UN processes, the preparatory workshop can be of interest for you. The Preparatory Workshop will be held from 12-16 May and can be attended as a stand alone training workshop too.

If you are interested in participating in WHA73 Watch please fill in the form below. Please complete the form by 10th March 2020. If you are able to attend only the Workshop indicate this in the form. Please do note that the watchers team is small and our budget limited which constrains sponsorships for participation.

click here for the application form