The annual assembly of the 136-nation World Health Organisation (WHO), opened in Geneva on Monday (7 May) and for the first time The People's Republic of China took part.
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Background: The annual assembly of the 136-nation World Health Organisation (WHO), opened in Geneva on Monday (7 May) and for the first time The People's Republic of China took part.
China first gained membership of WHO, a specialised United Nations Agency, at last year's assembly.
The outgoing president of the assembly, Dr. Basil Clayton of Canada, welcomed the Chinese delegates and expressed the hope that WHO would soon be "truly universal, a basic aspiration of its founders and the desire of all of us."
High on the agenda of the assembly this year was the admission of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and the Democratic Republic of Korea (North Korea). On Tuesday (8 May) the assembly accepted the GDR without a vote, but there was no decision on the membership of the Koreans in early sessions. The chances of the North Korean application succeeding were considered slim because it is not a member of the United Nations nor any of its specialised agencies.
The highlight of the three week session of the assembly were the ceremonies on Tuesday marking the establishment of the WHO 25 years ago.
Delegates were expected to concentrate discussion on the strengthening of health services in member countries, particularly family health services. Discussion was expected about the continuing fight to eradicate smallpox and malaria and the fight against non-communicable diseases such as cancer, heart disease and mental illness.
The organisation's Director-General, Marcolino Candau of Brazil, was expected to present a bigger budget to this year's assembly. Most of the 6 million dollar increase (about GBP2.5 million sterling) on last year's 100 million dollar (GBP44 million sterling) budget was to meet the effect of inflation and the devaluation of several currencies.
Among its first acts on the opening day, the assembly elected Mrs. Julie Sulianti Saroso of Indonesia to succeed the outgoing Dr. Clayton.