On May 28, Brazil was elected by acclamation to the presidency of the Executive Board of the World Health Organization, a United Nations specialized agency. Brazil last held this position in 1961.
Brazil plays an important and leading role in the WHO, especially in supporting universal access to medicines and health services. As the Executive Board’s chair, Brazil will have the opportunity to coordinate multilateral discussions on the main health issues in line with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Created in 1948, the WHO has the mission of improving sanitation and well-being standards of the world by coordinating international efforts in the prevention, control and treatment of diseases, supervising the exchange of epidemic information among its member countries and carrying out research on several health-related fields.