WHO (World Health Organization)


Agenda Item: “Restructuring of International Response amidst a global medical crisis”

Under-Secretary-General: Syed Hamza Hashmi (syedhamza.hashmi@ozu.edu.tr)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialized committee of the United Nations that is responsible for the governance and implementation of international public health. Established in 1948, it swears to serve the global community by attaining the highest possible levels of public health. In addition to promoting health, serving the vulnerable and keeping the world safe against medical problems, it also serves as the committee that monitors the public health risks, coordinates emergency medical responses and guides member states regarding precautions and preventions to be taken in a state of a global/national medical emergency.

The SARS-CoV-19 was declared a pandemic by WHO on March 11, 2020. It has been a little over two years since the pandemic took the world in its grip and caused havoc, with repercussions seen to date. Covid-19 highlighted not only the shortcomings, but also how ill equipped the world was to deal with the pandemic and the weakness in global medical crisis response teams and regulations. We saw the global economy crash, millions of deaths, biases in medical relief works and the disparity in medical laws and regulations for countries of different tiers. This not only taught us that reforms are necessary for a unanimous emergency medical relief in case of global pandemic.

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