71st World Health Assembly (WHA71)

This page will be updated as information becomes available. 

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  • About the WHA
  • Webinar including preparations for WHA
  • Official WHO information, schedule and resources
  • NCD Alliance Activities and Events
  • NCD-related Activities & Events - regularly updated calendar
  • NCD Alliance & Joint Statements
  • NCDA Advocacy resources

About the World Health Assembly 

The 71st Session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 21 to 26 May 2018. The WHA is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.

With the 3rd UN High-Level Meeting on NCDs schedulde for 2018, this will be an important milestone in the lead up to the UN General Assembly, and the Agenda will include items, discussions and side events relating to NCDs and preparations for the Summit. 

Provisional Agenda

21-26 May 2018

Journal - Please visit the official WHA website for journal with programme, updated daily

Guide for Delegates to the World Health Assembly

Stay tuned to WHO's Governing Bodies website for details

Webinar: Preparations for WHA71

NCDA will host a webinar on 8 May to provide a preview and overview of what to expect at the 71st WHA. Sign up to our newsletter for updates. Find more details about the webinar here.

NCD-related agenda items - reports

NCD-related Activities & Events - regularly updated calendar

Download our comprehensive calendar of NCD related events and activities by clicking the image.
Please contact us with any sugestions or questions.
Calendar last updated 19 May 2018.


NCD Alliance Events

Sunday 20th

  • The Health for All Challenge Booth and Team ‘ENOUGH.’ Register here
  • NCD Alliance Civil Society Advocacy Briefing

Monday 21st

  • Healthcare for People, Not Siloes for Diseases: Exploring Relevant Solutions to Shape a Future of Integrated Care for NCDs at country level [with Eli Lilly; by invitation only]
  • ENOUGH. Making 2018 the year for action and accountability on NCDs – Followed by reception. Find out more including speaker details & RSVP link via the image below. Watch a recording of the event at facebook.com/ncdalliance

Wednesday 23rd

  • Impact of Digital Health on NCDs and Universal Health Coverage [with Novartis Foundation, Intel Corporation; by invitation only]

Thursday 24th  

  • Happiness, Health and NCDs - Mind the Gap! [with Global Psoriasis Coalition, International Federation of Psoriasis Associations; registration is open]

Friday 25th 

  • A Call To Action - Diabetes and Pregnancy [with Women Deliver, World Diabetes Foundation; invitation only]

Health for All Challenge

Sunday 20 March, 10:30-1pm

As part of celebrations of the World Health Organization’s 70th anniversary in 2018, WHO is staging a major health promotion event in Geneva on the eve of the 71st World Health Assembly.
The free walk/run event, titled Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge, will be open to people of all ages and abilities and be held over three distances (short 3 kilometres, medium 5 kilometres and long 8 kilometres). These connected routes will build a bridge between “international” and “local” Geneva and Lac Leman by linking key health, international and touristic landmarks found in the city.
NCD Alliance and partners will have a booth at the Place de Nations, is convening a team to promote ENOUGH, with the theme 'Together we are stronger, together we can beat NCDs' - contact us for more information and to join us. 

NCD Alliance & Joint Statements

Statements on WHA agenda items will be uploaded to our resources section HERE

Statement on Agenda Item 11.1: Draft thirteenth general programme of work, 2019–2023 (A71/14) 

Statement on Agenda Item 11.4: Health, environment and climate change (A71/10, A71/10 Add.1, A71/11)

Statement on Agenda Item 11.7: Preparation for the third High-level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Prevention and Control of NCDs, to be held in 2018 (A71/14, A71/14 Add.1)

Statement on Agenda item 11.8: Preparation for a high-level meeting of the General Assembly on ending tuberculosis A71/15, A71/16

Statement on Agenda item 12.2: Physical activity for health - A71/18

Statement on Agenda Item 12.3: Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health (2016-2030): sexual and reproductive health, interpersonal violence, and early childhood development, and early childhood development A71/19

Statement on Agenda Item 12.4: mHealth – Use of appropriate digital technologies for health A71/20

Statment on Agenda Item 12.6 Maternal, infant and young child nutrition - A71/22, A71/23


NCDA Advocacy Resources