News By/Courtesy: Nikshetaa Jain | 31 May 2020 16:25pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • WHO South east’s Asia group took a decision last year
  • The World Health Assembly and the Executive Board: two decision making bodies of the WHO
  • Functions of the Executive Board

Dr. Harsh Vardhan, the Union Health Minister, took charge as the chairman of the thirty-four World Health Organization Executive Board at its 147th session. Harsh Vardhan would succeed Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan. India is a member of the South East Region at the WHO. Last year, WHO South east’s Asia group had decided to elect India’s nominee to the Executive Board for a three-year term beginning in May. 
The WHO is an agency of the United Nations responsible for international public health. The WHO is governed by two decision making bodies the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board. The World Health Assembly is attended by delegations from all WHO Member states and focuses on specific health agendas prepared by the Executive Board. The functions of the Assembly are to determine the policies of the WHO, appoint the Director-General and supervise financial policies. The Health Assembly is held annually in Geneva, Switzerland.
Due to the global pandemic, the 73rd session took place virtually from May 18 to 19. During the session, the countries accepted a resolution asking for an independent, impartial, and comprehensive evaluation of the WHO’s response to the pandemic as well as identification of the source of COVID 19. This resolution is important as it would create pressure on China, where the virus has been claimed to be originated.
The Executive Board is composed of 34 members having qualifications in the field of health. The members are elected for three years. The Chairman post of the Board is held on a rotational basis for one year by each of the WHO’s six regional groups. The main functions of the Board are to execute the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, to provide advice to the Board, and to facilitate its work. The main meeting of the Board took place in January and a second shorter meeting takes place in May. This year the second meeting took place on May 22.
The Union Minister said that coronavirus is a great human tragedy. Such a challenge demands a shared responsibility as the threats are shared as well. In such a time of global crisis, risk management and mitigation would require the strengthening of global partnerships. The appointment of Dr. Harsh Vardhan on the Executive Board would play a crucial role in India’s fight against COVID 19. This appointment comes in the backdrop of WHO being accused of not obtaining timely information from China and transparently sharing the same.

THIS ARTICLE DOES NOT INTEND TO HURT THE SENTIMENTS OF ANY INDIVIDUAL, COMMUNITY, SECT, OR RELIGION ETCETRA. THIS ARTICLE IS BASED PURELY ON THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL VIEWS AND OPINIONS THE EXERCISE OF THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT GUARANTEED UNDER ARTICLE 19(1)(A) AND OTHER RELATED LAWS BEING  FORCE IN INDIA FOR THE TIME BEING.

Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 03 Jun 2020 14:01pm IST


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