World Health Assembly Open Briefing

14th May, 2020

Hosted by

Global Health Centre and UN Foundation


The Global Health Centre and United Nations Foundation announced the annual World Health Assembly (WHA) Open Briefing for delegates, non-state actors, and the general public. This virtual event introduced how the 73rd Assembly, the first ever to convene online, will work this year, with an update from WHO on the COVID-19 response. A diverse panel of experts, including 3D Program Founder and Executive Director Geeta Rao Gupta, explored key issues emerging in the global response to the pandemic, including resource mobilization and financing, human rights and gender equality, and international cooperation for innovation and access to health technologies.


  • Vinh-Kim Nguyen, Co-Director, Global Health Centre; Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, The Graduate Institute
  • Elizabeth Cousens, President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
  • John E. Lange, Ambassador; Senior Fellow for Global Health Diplomacy, United Nations Foundation

73rd WHA Overview:

  • Gian Luca Burci, Adjunct Professor, International Law, The Graduate Institute; Academic Advisor, Global Health Centre

WHO Update on COVID-19 Response:

  • Jane Ellison, Executive Director for External Relations and Governance, World Health Organization

Roundtable Discussion:

  • Stéphanie Seydoux, Ambassador for Global Health, France
  • Geeta Rao Gupta, Executive Director of the 3D Program for Girls and Women, UN Foundation
  • Chee Yoke Ling, Director, Third World Network, Malaysia
  • Patrick M. Eba, Country Director in the Central African Republic, UNAIDS
  • Moderated by Suerie Moon, Co-Director, Global Health Centre; Visiting Lecturer, The Graduate Institute
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