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Source: Republic of Colombia

Geneva (Nov. 11/20). Colombia participates in the resumed session of the 73rd World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO).

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) was held in two sessions during 2020. In the first session, during the month of May, the WHA countries met in order to to discuss the pressing situation facing the world due to the new coronavirus, achieving the adoption of a resolution that will help coordinate the response of the WHO and the countries to COVID-19.

During the week of November 9-14, 2020, the second session of the 73rd AMS was held, in order to focus and discuss other issues on the global health agenda. This resumed session is held in virtual format and has the participation of a delegation led by the Minister of Health and Social Protection, Dr. Fernando Ruiz, the Vice Minister of Health, Dr. Luis Alexander Moscoso, the Permanent Representative of Colombia in Geneva, Ambassador Adriana Mendoza and delegates from the Foreign Ministry.

In this resumed session, Colombia actively participated in the discussions on Primary Health Care, Universal Coverage and Vaccine Action Plan, as well as in the debate on the work of WHO in emergencies and the implementation of the Universal Health Regulations (RSI 2005) , where he stressed that the Organization requires political and operational support to continue its emergency care efforts and called for continuing to work together to face these situations that affect the health of the world’s people.

Likewise, the Assembly advances in important decisions around issues of great global impact such as world measures against epilepsy and neurological disorders; the global strategy to accelerate the elimination of cervical cancer; the global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, among others.

The main function of the Health Assembly is to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and adopt the proposed budget program.

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