As the world continues to grapple with the aftermath of the most severe pandemic in a century, the Seventy-seventh session of the World Health Assembly will convene under the banner of “All for Health, Health for All.”

Scheduled to run from 27 May to 1 June, the assembly will feature participation from ministers of health and other high-level country representatives. This critical platform will address global health challenges such as HIV, measles, and polio, amidst the climate emergency and the rise of conditions like hypertension and obesity.

One of the pivotal moments anticipated during the assembly is the discussion on the Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness, and Response Accord, along with amendments to the International Health Regulations. These discussions signal a concerted effort by member states to bolster global preparedness and response mechanisms.

A pre-assembly opening event on Sunday, 26 May, will kickstart the WHO Investment Round efforts, engaging current and potential donors to ensure sustainable funding for WHO.

Additionally, on 28 May, the launch of WHO’s third Investment Case will highlight the value proposition in terms of additional lives saved if the Fourteenth General Programme of Work (GPW 14), WHO’s strategy for 2025–2028, is fully implemented.

“The cumulative effects of climate change, disease outbreaks, and conflict mean ever more pressure on WHO to respond to the world’s health needs,” said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General.

“This Health Assembly presents our member states with key opportunities to promote, provide, and protect health and well-being for everyone by adopting the Fourteenth General Programme of Work, supporting WHO’s continued transformation through the WHO Investment Round, and making the world safer through the Pandemic Agreement and the amendments to the International Health Regulations,” he added.

Key highlights and decisions 
Key moments and outcomes expected during the Health Assembly include the approval on 28 May of WHO’s 2025–2028 strategy, GPW 14, to address health-related implications of such megatrends as climate change, ageing, migration, and advances in science and technology. The four-year period represents a window to get the health-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) back on track. 

Crucial decisions are expected on a range of health priorities such as climate and health, WHO’s work in health emergencies, access to transformative tools, communicable diseases, noncommunicable diseases, mental health, women’s health and the reform of WHO itself.  

The Health Assembly will feature high-level participation from political leaders and ambassadors, and representatives from civil society and non-State actors, underscoring the global commitment to advancing the public health agenda. 

Kimera Abdul is a Senior Journalist with Plus News Uganda. He identifies as an adaptable and enthusiastic individual who works to inspire generations. He posses a Diploma and Broadcast journalism and has...

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