The 24th Assembly of the World Health Organisation opened at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday morning (4 May) under the Chairmanship of Professor Hippolyte Aye, Minister of Health of the Ivory Coast, and President of the 23rd World Health Assembly.
SV PAN African delegates arrive
CU Czech doctor
SV African & European doctors arrive
GV PAN INT. Delegates seated
CU PAN from sign TO Aye and Candau
CU PAN from Candau TO UN officer TO Aye
SCU Ivory Coast delegates
SV PAN from Chilean TO French delegates
CU UK delegates
CU Finland ditto
GV Delegates seated
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Background: The 24th Assembly of the World Health Organisation opened at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday morning (4 May) under the Chairmanship of Professor Hippolyte Aye, Minister of Health of the Ivory Coast, and President of the 23rd World Health Assembly.
Delegates representing the WHO's 129 member-countries are attending, along with representatives of the United Nations, the specialised agencies and various international bodies...including 92 associated non-governmental organisations. The main political question before this assembly will be an application for membership from East Germany. The Sultanate of Oman has also applied to join. According to the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Marcolino Candau, the problem of cholera outbreaks in African countries is also likely to rank high on the agenda.
SYNOPSIS: Delegates assembled at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on Tuesday morning for the opening session of the 24th World Health Organisation Assembly. Delegates from the Organisation's 129 member-countries attended, as well as United Nations representatives, specialist agency members, and delegates from nearly 100 associated non-governmental bodies. One of the main topics for discussion at the assembly, and likely to involve most political influence, will be East Germany's application for membership. Last year it was deferred, after a lengthy debate, until this session.
Professor Hippolyte Aye, Minister of Health of the Ivory Coast chaired the opening session, and with him was the Organisation's Director-General, Dr Marcolino Candau, from Brazil.
This year's agenda lists recurring outbreaks of cholera, especially in African countries, among the more important topics for discussion. The World Health authorities expect further cholera outbreaks in many parts of the northern hemisphere during the coming summer months.
Family planning, drug addiction, and the environmental questions of the pollution of air, water, and soil are all to be discussed. A budget of nearly 83 million dollars has also to be approved.