World Health Organisation (WHO)

The World Health Organisation was founded under its 1948 Constitution with the goal to connect nations to promote healthier lives, coordinate health emergency response, and serve the vulnerable. WHO’s supreme body of decision-making is the World Health Assembly, which is participated in by all Member States, and the Executive Board that carries its policies to action. WHO is funded by assessed contribution from Member States as well as voluntary contributions from its partners. The Independent Expert Oversight Advisory Committee and The Office of Compliance, Risk Management and Ethics advise and promote transparency within WHO respectively.

Topic 1: Implementing Measures to Promote Gender Equality In Healthcare Systems

The World Health Organisation has recently published a series of papers on “Women’s Health and Gender Inequalities”, analysing progress made towards the 1995 Beijing Declaration and Platform For Action on Women, as well as emerging gender inequities in the present-day health sector. Delegates may discuss points under this agenda such as reinforcing health systems to eliminate sexual harassment and violence in the female health workforce, confer about the existence of male bias in diagnostics and vaccine and drug development, and the question of promoting bodily autonomy in healthcare decisions.

Topic 2: COVID-19 Recovery and Preparing For Future Pandemics

In light of the devastating damage done by the current COVID-19 outbreak, greater attention is being given to reforming the international efforts by the World Health Organisation catered towards pandemics. Delegates may discuss means to build trust towards government healthcare initiatives and vaccination, and strengthen disease-specific healthcare capacities. It will be important to consider the priority of preparing for future pandemics, the specific measures that will be undertaken, as well as the amount of funds/resources to be allocated towards this cause.