Management of substance abuse

World Health Assembly and Executive Board resolutions and decisions

World Health Assembly

The World Health Assembly (WHA) is the supreme decision-making body for WHO. It generally meets in Geneva in May each year, and is attended by delegations from all 192 Member States. Its main function is to determine the policies of the Organization.

General view of the World Health Assembly Hall -WHA

The Health Assembly appoints the Director-General, supervises the financial policies of the Organization, and reviews and approves the Proposed programme budget. It similarly considers reports of the Executive Board, which it instructs in regard to matters upon which further action, study, investigation or report may be required.

A list of WHA resolutions and decisions pertaining to substance use and substance dependence:

Executive Board

The Executive Board is composed of 32 individuals technically qualified in the field of health, each one designated by a Member State elected to do so by the World Health Assembly. Member States are elected for three-year terms.

The Executive Board

The Board meets at least twice a year; the main meeting is normally in January, with a second shorter meeting in May, immediately after the Health Assembly. The main functions of the Executive Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to advise it and generally to facilitate its work.

A list of EB resolutions and decisions pertaining to substance use and substance dependence:

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