WHO DG Tedros Opens WHA With Calls For Coordination To Address Global Challenges, Including COVID-19 Pandemic, Welcomes Election Of Biden-Harris In U.S.

Reuters: WHO chief looks forward to working ‘very closely’ with Biden team
“The World Health Organization chief on Monday welcomed efforts to strengthen the Geneva-based body through reform and said it was looking forward to working closely with the administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden…” (Nebehay/Farge, 11/9).

U.N. News: WHO’s Tedros says it is time for the world to heal, pushing back on ‘misguided nationalism’
“World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told Member States on Monday that efforts to tackle climate change and poverty had been set back by a lack of global unity since major agreements were struck five years ago, and welcomed the chance to work with the presumptive new U.S. administration of president-elect Joe Biden. Addressing the World Health Assembly, which resumed proceedings on Monday after its annual session in May was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, Tedros said the world had achieved a ‘great convergence’ in 2015 when governments adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement, and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on finance for development…” (11/9).

VOA News: Pandemic Threatens Decades of Progress in Global Health
“…While the WHO is focused on coordinating and supporting the response to the pandemic, Tedros said the agency has not neglected other global health needs that do not make the headlines. … Tedros said none of the health worries and many other challenges facing the world can be addressed in isolation. He said they are deeply intertwined and must be tackled in solidarity and compassion with one another…” (Schlein, 11/9).

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