France at the 73rd World Health Assembly

On Monday 18 and Tuesday 19 May 2020, the 73rd World Health Assembly took place, virtually from Geneva. It was necessary to hold the Assembly in times of COVID-19. France significantly supported the Assembly happening.

President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron gave a speech

The 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA) started at noon on Monday 18 May, with speeches from some State leaders, one of them being Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

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President Emmanuel Macron gave a speech during the 73rd World Health Assembly

President Emmanuel Macron repeated his support to the World Health Organization (WHO) and stressed the importance of the ACT-A initiative, a global initiative on diagnostics, therapeutics and vaccines, and the strengthening of healthcare systems. He also talked about the European Union’s commitment to the global response to the pandemic.

In light of COVID-19, we need a strong WHO, and the WHO is us: its Member States.

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Ambassador Mr François Rivasseau, Permanent representative of France to the United Nations in Geneva, is taking part in the World Health Assembly

Adoption of an ambitious resolution carried by the European Union

The European Union carried an ambitious resolution, adopted by common consensus at the end of WHA on Tuesday 19 May 2020, and co-sponsored by 144 States.

The resolution notably:

  1. acknowledges the key leadership role of WHO in coordinating the comprehensive global response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  2. calls for the universal, timely and equitable access to and fair distribution of all quality, safe, efficacious and affordable essential health technologies and products including their components and precursors required in the response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  3. reiterates the importance of maintaining the continued functioning of the health system in all relevant aspects and the importance of urgently meeting the needs of low- and middle-income countries in order to fill the gaps to overcome the pandemic through timely and adequate development and humanitarian assistance;
  4. recognizes the role of extensive immunization against COVID-19 as a global public good for health;
  5. calls for States to provide WHO timely, accurate and sufficiently detailed public health information related to the COVID-19 pandemic as required by the International Health Regulations (IHR);
  6. urges WHO to initiate, at the earliest appropriate moment, and in consultation with Member States, a stepwise process of impartial, independent and comprehensive to review experience gained and lessons learned from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19.

Last updated on: 20 May 2020