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The 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA)


The 72nd UNGA will take place from 12 September – 11 December 2017 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, USA. Heads of states and governments from 193 Member States will convene during the high-level week of the General Debate (18 – 29 September 2017) on the theme "Focusing on people: Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet".

WHO Director-General participates in the High-level Political Forum on SDGs

24 July 2017 -- The UN High-level Political Forum, a mechanism that tracks and advances the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, took place at the United Nations in New York, on 10–19 July 2017. Dr Tedros Adhnom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, led the WHO delegation to the forum and participated in the opening of the ministerial segment and side events, including the WHO co-sponsored side events, and held several bilateral meetings with UN Member States and high-level UN officials.

Dr Tedros briefs the UN Security Council on the cholera situation in Yemen

Dr Tedros addressing the UN Security Council on cholera
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12 July 2017 – WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, joined other senior UN officials to brief the UN Security Council on the dire cholera situation in Yemen. He outlined the on-going logistical challenges and UN system-wide efforts to provide medical treatment, safe drinking water and adequate sanitation to the Yemeni people. He called on the Council to accelerate the peace process, to bring an immediate end to this conflict and to ensure the protection of civilian infrastructure such as water, sanitation and health facilities in accordance with International Humanitarian Law and appealed for financial support for longer-term recovery and development.

WHO joins the commemoration of International Day of Yoga at the UN

21 June 2017 – On the occasion of the Third International Day of Yoga, WHO office at the UN participated in an event on ‘Conversation on Yoga for Health’ organized by the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations. Dr Nata Menabde outlined the health benefits of yoga, including the key role yoga plays in the fight against the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases, providing both preventative and curative benefits.

World Health +SocialGood

Nata Menabde, WHO at UN

26 May 2017 – Dr Nata Menabde, Executive Director, WHO Office at the United Nations, participates in World Health +Social Good live during the 70th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland.

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NewsDr Tedros leads WHO delegation at the high-level segment of the 72nd UN General Assembly.

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EventsThe 72nd United Nations General Assembly starts on 12 September.

UN General Assembly

HighlightsWHO's priorities and vision statement by Dr Tedros.

Vision and priorities

Disease outbreaks and emergencies

WHO Office at UN ensures that disease outbreaks and health in emergencies remain on the global political agenda by engaging with different partners.

WHO reform, Emergency capacities

WUN regularly updates and provides information on the WHO reform process, and keeps WHO headquarters informed of any relevant information that comes out of the UN to support the process.

Communicable diseases and NTDs

WHO Office at UN ensures that infectious diseases such as HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis are a priority on the global political agenda.

Noncommunicable diseases (NCDs)

Meeting on noncommunicable diseases

WUN ensures that noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) remain a priority on the global political agenda through advocacy at the UN, stakeholder engagement, follow-up on high-level meetings.

Climate change and human health

WHO Office at UN engages with Member States and partners to ensure that climate change impacts on human health are understood and reflected in all sustainable development discussions.

Women's health, gender and human rights

WUN works to ensure that health issues for women and girls, such as violence against women, female genital mutilation, sexual and reproductive health remain priorities for UN member states.

Antimicrobial resistance


WUN is working to ensure that the international community recognizes AMR as a serious public health problem globally and is engaging closely with stakeholders to hold a high level meetings.