73rd World Health Assembly (WHA73)

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  • About the WHA and official WHO information, schedule & resources
  • NCD Alliance Activities and Events & regularly updated NCD-related WHA73 events calendar
  • NCD Alliance Advocacy Resources including Briefing & Joint Statements
  • NCD Alliance Social Media Materials

About the World Health Assembly 

The 73rd Session of the World Health Organization's (WHO) World Health Assembly (WHA) will take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 17 – 21 May 2020. 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 WHA73:

  • WHO WHA73 Documentation - check back for updates
  • Provisional Agenda WHA73 (check back in March)

  • Preliminary journal WHA73 

  • WHO Guide for delegates at WHA72
  • Insights into the World Health Assembly - blog
  • WHO Walk the Talk: The Health for All Challenge 2020 event
    Sunday 17 May 2010

NCDA Civil Society Advocacy Briefing and Workshop

Friday 15 May - 07:30 - 10:00 New York time / 13:30 – 16:00 Geneva time / 18:30 – 21:00 Bangkok time


Join NCD Alliance civil society members on 15 May to learn about the agenda of WHA73 and proposed Resolution on the COVID-19 response, which included recognition of the impacts on people living with NCDs. The Resolution will ask governments, supported by WHO, to develop national response plans to COVID-19, including health systems strengthening and undisrupted provision of essential health services for people living with NCDs and mental health conditions. The multisectoral national actions plans are to be developed with a whole-of-society approach. A workshop session will explore this wek opportunity for PLWNCDs, communities and civil society to be meaningfully engaged in decision-making and development of response plans. 

NCD related activities & events calendar - regularly updated calendar

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Last update: 14 May 2020

NCDA Advocacy Resources for the 73rd World Health Assembly

This briefing note provides background and key advocacy messages on the NCD Alliance’s main priorities for the 73rd WHO World Health Assembly (WHA73). 

Bridging the Gap - Bridging the Gap on NCDs: From global promises to local progress - Download here

This policy brief outlines the gaps in the first decade of the NCD response. Calling on the experience of NCD Alliance’s global network of people living with NCDs, advocates, campaigners and experts collected via several surveys, as well as the latest data from the World Health Organization and peer reviewed literature, the following pages identify what has been lost in translation of the global targets for NCD reduction and describe the major barriers to meaningful progress.

Social Media Basics Guide for NCD Advocacy - Download here

Keep up with NCD Alliance at WHA73 through social media

@NCDAlliance on twitter(link is external)

#WHA73 on twitter(link is external)

#WHA72 & #NCDs on twitter