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Source: Republic of Colombia

Geneva (05/22). After his election at the 73rd World Health Assembly held on May 18 and 19 of this year, as one of the six countries that represent the Americas region within the framework of the Executive Council of the World Health Organization, Colombia participated in the 147th session of the Council.

The Executive Council (EB) is made up of 34 technically qualified members in the field of health. 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.

This session was of a special nature due to the modifications made by the COVID-19 pandemic. Taking into account the needs of the countries today, especially the Ministries of Health, it was decided to maintain an agenda focused on administrative issues that would allow the work of the World Health Organization to continue. Likewise, the composition of the Executive Council Table was agreed: India, Oman, Kenya, Germany, Guyana and Tonga, the appointments for the vacancies of the different Committees that the Council has were made official and the dates for the sessions of the WHO governing bodies in 2021.

In the context of the restrictions imposed in response to the pandemic, the Council decided to suspend this session and resume it later in 2020, so that the points that could not be examined in this session can be discussed later.

Colombia will be part of the WHO Executive Council until 2023, and with its participation it will be able to directly influence the programmatic decisions of the World Health Organization, in favor of national and regional interests in health, including topics such as emergency preparedness and response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Colombian delegation was led by the Vice Minister of Public Health and Service Provision, Luis Alexander Moscoso Osorio, and made up of the Colombian Ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Adriana Mendoza and other officials from the Ministry of Health and the Foreign Ministry.

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