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    PTI | May 16, 2015, 07.01 PM IST
    India to assume presidency of World Health Assembly in Geneva after 19 years - The Times of India

    NEW DELHI: After a gap of 19 years, India will again assume presidency of the 68th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA), the top decision-making body of the World Health Organisation, beginning Monday.

    Union health minister JP Nadda will preside over the WHA session and lead a high-level Indian delegation to the assembly, which is slated to take place in Geneva from May 18 to May 27.

    "Health minister JP Nadda will preside over the 68th session of the World Health Assembly (WHA) at Geneva as India assumes the presidency of the WHA, the high-decision making body of the WHO, after a gap of 19 years," an official statement said.

    The Union health minister is expected to hold separate bilateral meetings with a host of countries including China, the Netherlands, the US, the UK, Russia, South Africa, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Brazil and others.

    "The assembly is expected to deliberate on key issues of global interest including anti-microbial resistance, air pollution and health, global health emergency...

    "...preparedness and surveillance, global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, and research and development in neglected tropical diseases," the official statement said.

    In his capacity as the president of the WHA, Nadda will also be hosting a reception for health ministers attending the Assembly on May 19.

    Prior to the reception, Nadda and Director-General, WHO, Margaret Chan will jointly inaugurate a photo exhibition 'Yoga for All, Yoga for Health' to mark the adoption of a resolution by the UN General Assembly declaring June 21 as the 'International Day of Yoga'.

    "For India, this will act as an opportunity for two things. Share the development that has taken place in India with the world and try to put India's perspective in the global strategy while it will also help India to carry back the learnings," a senior Health Ministry official said PTI.

    Nadda will also participate in a number of bilateral and multilateral meetings on the sidelines of the WHA including the Commonwealth health ministers' meeting, 8th NAM health ministers' meeting and BRICS health ministers' meeting.
     
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    18-May, 2015 15:03 IST

    India assumes Presidency at the 68th World Health Assembly

    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda addressing the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting, at the 68th World Health Assembly 2015, in Geneva on May 17, 2015.
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    Address by Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda as President of the 68th World Health Assembly 2015
    Following is the text of the address of Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, Minister of Health & Family Welfare as President of the 68th World Health Assembly at the Plenary Meeting of the Health Assembly, at Geneva.


    Hon’ble Ministers,


    Director General, WHO,


    Regional Directors,


    ADGs,


    Distinguished Delegates,


    It is a great honour and privilege to address this august Assembly. Please accept my humble and grateful acknowledgement to all the Member States for bestowing upon India the honour of Presidency of the World Health Assembly. On behalf of 1.25 billion people of India, I convey to you our best wishes and greetings.


    Excellencies,


    The year 2014 witnessed an unprecedented health challenge with the Ebola virus disease outbreak. Many lives including of brave and dedicated healthcare workers were lost. We salute the heroic efforts of our African brothers and sisters in fighting Ebola against all odds and congratulate Liberia for becoming Ebola free.


    While the situation now appears to be under control, the threat of outbreaks of new, emerging and remerging pathogens stares at us. We also battle with natural disasters with grave health consequences, the most recent one being the devastating earthquake in our neighbouring nation, Nepal. I wish to express the solidarity of the Member States with the people of Nepal and offer our heart-felt condolences to the bereaved families.


    Excellencies,


    The World Health Assembly every year is an opportunity for the Member States to take stock of the health challenges faced by humanity, while at the same time, prioritizing and strategizing our combined efforts. Today, we are at an important threshold. The upcoming UN summit in Sept 2015 would pave the way for the likely adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals and the post 2015 Development Agenda, which includes health related goals.


    While taking pride in a fair amount of success in meeting the health related MDGs, we need to redouble our efforts to surmount ever increasing public health challenges, which include, among others, communicable diseases, non-communicable diseases, anti-microbial resistance, impact of climate change on health, universal health coverage, reducing health inequities among countries and within each country, providing sufficient human resources for health, ensuring access to affordable medicines and diagnostics, and preventing disease by promoting healthy lifestyles.


    Excellencies,


    The Indian philosophy teaches us to treat the whole world as our family, which is captured in the Sanskrit phrase, “Vasudhaiv kutumbakam”.


    Our Upanishads preach

    “Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah……..

    Sarve Santu Niraamayaah”,


    which means “May all be happy and May all be healthy and free from illness”. This only shows that even in ancient times, we prayed for good health for all. But, by our actions, we as humanity tend to create conditions which lead to illness and disease.


    We forget that health requires a holistic view of being one with nature, adopting healthy lifestyles and avoiding excesses. We forget that a tranquil mind and peaceful life reduces tensions. Hon’ble Prime Minister of India His Excellency Narendra Modi ji, gave a call in the United Nations General Assembly in September last year to recognize Yoga as a provider of holistic approach to health and well-being. We are happy to note that the UN General Assembly adopted a resolution, with co-sponsorship from 177 countries, to observe 21st June as the International day of Yoga.


    Excellencies,


    We need a multi-sectoral approach in a sustainable institutional framework to promote ‘health-in-all’ policies. The recognition of inter-dependence and the need for collaboration of different sectors is necessary nationally and internationally. Inter-sectoral cooperation will not be meaningful unless we are also able to leverage the strengths of the civil society and the non-government sectors. In fact, the inter-dependence internationally is somewhat captured in the International Health Regulations.


    The Ebola crisis has highlighted the inextricable link between weak health systems and incidents of outbreaks and the interdependence of health and overall economic growth and development. It is our collective responsibility to act decisively on the lessons learnt.


    The theme of general discussion during the Assembly this year, “Building resilient Health Systems” is therefore very timely and appropriate. I look forward to a constructive discussion on this very important prerequisite for public health.


    Excellencies,


    I need not highlight the critical importance of social determinants of health. Inequity of resources has a direct correlation with inequities of health. We must therefore, continue to work collectively to address these inequities.


    Excellencies,


    We all recognize the World Health Organisation as one of the best international organizations in the world today. The commitment shown by WHO under the leadership of Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan, in responding to ever increasing challenges to global health is commendable.


    We need to reiterate our unequivocal support to WHO as the lead global health agency and strengthen its capacities to make it better and stronger. As a reflection of our own commitment to WHO and its mandate, I am happy to annouce the following voluntary contributions from India to WHO:


    (i) One million US Dollars for the proposed WHO contingency fund.

    (ii) Another One million US Dollars for the implementation of the identified demonstration projects under the Consultative Expert Working Group (CEWG) framework, and

    (iii) One hundred thousand US Dollars for the Member State Mechanism on SSFFC medical products.


    Excellencies,


    We have a packed agenda during this World Health Assembly. I am sure the deliberations will be very effective and fruitful. Each Member state will add immense value to the discussions and outcomes. I extend my best wishes for the deliberations.


    Excellencies, I thank you for your kind attention.

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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda delivered the Presidential Address at the Opening Session of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 18, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda chairing the Opening Session of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 18, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at the Opening Session of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 18, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda meeting the Minister of Health, Welfare and Sports of the Netherlands, Ms. Edith Schippers, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda chairing the Fourth Plenary Meeting of 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda addressing the 8th NAM Health Ministers’ Meeting, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at the side event “Political Commitment and Global Efforts to Accelerate Responsible Use of Antimicrobials”, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at the side event “Political Commitment and Global Efforts to Accelerate Responsible Use of Antimicrobials”, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda lighting the lamp to inaugurate the Photo Exhibition “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health”, organised on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015. The Director-General of World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan is also seen.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda taking a round of the Photo Exhibition “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health”, organised on the sidelines of the World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015. The Director-General of World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan is also seen.
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    A delegation of Sweden meeting the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda meeting the US Secretary for Health and Human Services, Ms. Sylvia M. Burwell, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 19, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda in a joint meeting with the Executive Director, UNAIDS, Mr. Michel Sidibe, the Executive Secretary, Stop T.B. Partnership, Dr. Lucica Ditiu and the Executive Director, The Global Fund, Dr. Mark Dybul, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 21, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda meeting with the Civil Society Representatives from Knowledge Ecology International, Third World Network, Medicins Sans Frontiers, Health Action International, People’s Health Movement and Oxfam, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 21, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda meeting theWHO Goodwill Ambassador for Leprosy Elimination and Chair of the Nippon Foundation, Japan, Mr. Yohei Sasakawa, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 21, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda being presented award, at the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 21, 2015. The Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan is also seen.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda being presented award, at the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 21, 2015. The Director General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Margaret Chan is also seen.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda chairing the award ceremony and presented awards, during the 68th World Health Assembly, at Geneva on May 21, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and the President of the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA), Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda meeting the Head of the Convention Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Dr. Vera Luiza da Costa e Silva, on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, Geneva on May 22, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and the President of the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA), Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda at the event on “Autism Spectrum Disorders: From Resolution to Global Action”, organised on the sidelines of the 68th World Health Assembly, Geneva on May 22, 2015.
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    The Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare and the President of the 68th World Health Assembly (WHA), Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda chairing the Eighth Plenary meeting (Election of Executive Board Members and adoption of reports of the Main Committees), at the 68th World Health Assembly, Geneva on May 22, 2015.
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    India successfully conclude Presidency of 68th World Health Assembly

    Global Action Plan on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) adopted
    The Minister of Health & Family Welfare Shri Jagat Prakash Nadda successfully steered the proceedings of the 68th Session of the World Health Assembly in his capacity as its President. It was after a gap of 19 years that India assumed the Presidency of the World Health Assembly, the highest decision making body of the World Health Organisation. The 68th WHA took place in Geneva from 18-26 May 2015.

    The significant outcome of the 68th World Health Assembly is the adoption of a Global Action Plan on Anti-Microbial Resistance (AMR) which prepares a blueprint with specific actions and timelines for WHO as well as Member States to address the growing threat of AMR. The UN General Assembly is expected to hold a high-level segment on AMR in 2016 to further highlight the need for comprehensive implementation of the Plan. Other major outcomes of the 68th World Health Assembly include bringing adverse health impacts of air pollution to the main agenda of the World Health Organization and extension of the implementation timeframe of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health Innovation and Intellectual Property (GSPOA). The Assembly also endorsed the Director General’s Action Plan to strengthen the emergency response capacities of WHO and approved a 8% increase in WHO’s programme budget for 2016-17.

    India played a constructive role in the adoption of consensus resolutions on AMR and air pollution and also co-sponsored the resolution on GSPOA. India used the opportunity of its Presidency to reiterate its commitment to WHO and announced voluntary contributions to the tune of US $ 2.1 million towards the new WHO contingency fund, the pooled fund for implementation of R&D demonstration projects and the Member State Mechanism on SSFFC Medical Products.

    In his capacity as the President of the 68th World Health Assembly, Shri J P Nadda and Dr. Margaret Chan, Director-General of WHO jointly inaugurated a photo-exhibition on “Yoga for All, Yoga for Health” on 19 May, 2015. This is the first major event on Yoga at the United Nations since adoption by the UN General Assembly last year of a resolution that declared 21 June as the International Day of Yoga, and a precursor to the first observance of the International Day of Yoga on 21st June this year in Geneva.

    Shri J P Nadda led the Indian delegation at the Commonwealth Health Ministers’ Meeting, 8th NAM Health Ministers’ Meeting and BRICS Health Ministers’ Meeting held on the side line of the Assembly. He also had bilateral meetings with his counterparts from China, UK, USA, Sweden, The Netherlands, South Africa, Brazil, Timor-Leste and Turkmenistan.

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