News Service for the 56th World Health Assembly

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

19 - 28 May 2003, Geneva, Switzerland
Palais des Nations


Conference of Non-Governmental Organizations in Consultative Relationship with the United Nations (CONGO), International Conference Volunteers (ICVolunteers), UNJobs.

Project details

The 56th World Health Assembly (WHA) takes place from 19-28 May 2003 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland. The WHA is the annual meeting of the World Health Organization's (WHO's) 192 Member States. Highlights of this year's WHA include the appointment of a new WHO Director-General, and the possible adoption of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, WHO's first global treaty.

WHO is organizing a series of sessions addressing key global public health issues, including the latest on SARS and emerging global epidemics, tobacco control, the post-conflict health challenges in Iraq and violence prevention.

The news service provides regular updates, session summaries, articles and interviews covering issues of WHA.

Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteer reporters write articles, interviews and session summaries for the news service. Volunteering in this context is a great opportunity for students, young journalists and any other interested person.

Short Term Projects

ICVolunteers promotes volunteerism and its recognition, by enhancing civic commitment and involvement, and by providing leadership and links between organizations, individuals and communities. With this perspective, ICVolunteers develops projects and leads initiatives.

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