Jakarta: The World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has called for leadership built on mutual trust and mutual accountability to end the pandemic and address the fundamental inequalities that lie at the root of so many of the world’s problems.
Opening the The resumed 73rd World Health Assembly (WHA73), he also has called for predictable and sustainable WHO funding, the launch of a Universal Health and Preparedness Review.
"A vaccine cannot address the global under-investment in essential public health functions and resilient health systems, nor the urgent need for a "One Health" approach that encompasses the health of humans, animals and the planet we share. There is no vaccine for poverty, hunger, climate change or inequality," said Tedros in his speech on Monday.
"It's time for the world to heal – from the ravages of this pandemic, and the geopolitical divisions that only drive us further into the chasm of an unhealthier, un-safer and unfairer future. Today and every day, we must choose health. We’re one big family," he stated.
The WHA73 considered a proposal for a supplementary agenda item entitled “Inviting Taiwan to participate in the World Health Assembly as an observer”.
The proposal was considered in accordance with an agreed process for a structured debate, known as a two plus two arrangement.
Following this process, the WHA73 decided not to include this item on its agenda.
This is the 15th time since 1997 that such a proposal has been submitted.