Brazil was elected by acclamation to hold the presidency of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization (WHO), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said today. The last time the country held the position was in 1961.
By way of note, the Itamaraty evaluated that Brazil has a leading role in the WHO, especially in the defense of universal access to medicines and health services.
"In the exercise of the presidency of the Executive Council, Brazil will have the opportunity to coordinate the multilateral discussion of the main health issues in line with the objectives of the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030," the Itamaraty added.
The WHO Executive Board is composed of members elected from among those who form the Assembly of the United Nations for three-year terms. The main meeting takes place in January when they decide on the agenda and the issues to be discussed at the assembly in May. With information from Agência Brasil.