72nd World Health Assembly (WHA72)

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  • About the WHA and official WHO information, schedule & resources
  • NCD Alliance Activities and Events & regularly updated NCD-related WHA72 events calendar
  • NCD Alliance Advocacy Resources including Briefing & Joint Statements
  • NCD Alliance Social Media Materials

About the World Health Assembly 

The 72nd Session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 20 – 28 May 2019. 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.

For more information about WHA in general:

For more information about WHA72:

NCDA Civil Society Advocacy Briefing

Sunday 19 May, 13:30 - 15:30

Access can only be guaranteed to full and associate NCDA members and NGO supporters

If you are not already a full or associate member or NGO supporter of NCDA, and would like to guarantee your participation at this event, you can apply for NCDA membership here

NCDA Side Event - Rethinking Global Health - A prerequisite for achieving UHC

Monday 20 May, 18h - 20h, Intercontinental Hotel - RSVP here

This event will be livestreamedSign up for the Facebook event & get notified when the livestream starts.

NCDA and Vital Strategies Side Event: Every Breath Can Do Damage - The Urgency of Air Pollution Action 

Tuesday 21 May, 12h30 - 14h, Geneva Press Club - RSVP here

NCD related activities & events calendar - regularly updated calendar

Last update: 18 May 2019

NCDA Advocacy Resources for the 72nd World Health Assembly

Briefing Paper - Download here

This comprehensive briefing note provides background and key advocacy messages on the NCD Alliance’s main priorities for the 72nd WHO World Health Assembly (WHA72). This note deals with key NCD-relevant items in the order of the WHA agenda.

Advocacy Priorities for the 2019 UN HLM on UHC - Download here

This briefing paper aims to inform Member States about the crucial opportunity of the 2019 UN High-Level Meeting on Universal Health Coverage (UHC HLM) and the need to ensure that the prevention and control of noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) is included as an element of UHC in the outcome document of the UN HLM.

NCDA Social Media Materials

Social Media Toolkit - Download here

Social Media Basics Guide for NCD Advocacy - Download here

Keep up with NCD Alliance at WHA72 through social media

@NCDAlliance on twitter(link is external)

#WHA72 on twitter(link is external)

#WHA72 & #NCDs on twitter