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*Please note that there will be evening sessions of Committee A, from 1800 on Thursday and Friday evenings. See the daily World Health Assembly Journal for more details on the schedule for the agenda items.

Thursday 25 May

0900 - Committee A:
  • First report on two resolutions (Polio and Application of the International Health Regulations)
  • Commission on Intellectual Property Rights, Innovation and Public Health
  • Nutrition and HIV
  • Implementation by WHO of the recommendations of the Global Task Team on improving AIDS coordination among multilateral institutions and International donors
  • Sickle-cell anaemia
  • Afternoon session: Smallpox eradication ( destruction of variola virus stocks)

Committee B: Health conditions in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including east Jerusalem, and in the occupied Syrian Golan; Eleventh General Programme of Work 2006-2015

Technical briefings

13:00-14:30, Room XII
Combating counterfeit drugs: building effective internal collaboration Chaired by Dr Howard Zucker, WHO Assistant Director-General for Health Technology and Pharmaceuticals, the briefing will feature speakers from Indonesia, Italy and Mali, and representatives from the International Alliance of Patients' Organizations, Interpol and the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers' Associations.

13:00-14:15, Room VII
Disease Control Priorities Project (DCPP)
Sir George Alleyne, Director Emeritus, Pan American Health Organization
Dr Julio Frenk, Minister of Health, Mexico and DCPP Editor
Dr Tim Evans, Assistant Director-General, Evidence and Information for Policy, WHO
Dean Jamison, DCPP Senior Editor and Professor, University of California, San Francisco

Media Briefing Salle de Presse III
14:30: Global Health Workforce Alliance
Dr Tim Evans, Assistant Director-General, WHO
Dr Lincoln Chen, WHO Special Envoy for Human Resources for Health and Chair, Alliance Board
Ms Dorothy Ngoma, Executive Director of the Malawi Nurses Association

17:00: Plenary: Awards; Assembly Hall
Sasakawa Health Prize
United Arab Emirates Health Foundation Prize
State of Kuwait Prize for Research in Health Promotion

Friday 26 May

Please see the WHA Journal for Committees A and B

Media briefing, Salle de Presse I
09:15 "South-South cooperation for health"
Dr Joy Phumaphi, Assistant- Director General, Family and Community health
Minister of Health, South Africa
Minister of Health, Ethiopia

Media Briefing Salle de Presse III
12:30: Dr Anders Nordström, WHO Acting Director-General

Technical briefing
13:00-14:30, room XII
Global strategy on diet, physical activity and health
Dr. Mthembu, Director of Health Promotion, South Africa
Dr. Lobo, President of AESA, Agency for food security, Spain
Dr. Buss, President of the agency Fundacao Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil

Meeting: 18:00-19:00 - Room (VIII)
Protecting the public and workers from tobacco smoke pollution
Moderator: Dr. Yumiko Mochizuki, Director, TFI, WHO,
Dr Catherine Le Galès-Camus, Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable diseases and mental health
Dr. Katherine Hammond, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley
Ms Heather Selin, Regional Adviser on Tobacco control for the Americas, WHO/ AMRO

Saturday 27 May

Please see the WHA Journal for Committees A and B

Final plenary: A summary news release will be issued at the closure of the Assembly.

For more information contact:

Fadéla Chaib
Communications Officer
Director-General's office
Mobile: +41 79 475 5556