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Latest speeches by Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General of the World Health Organization



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Yemen and joint mission with UNICEF and World Food Programme

Fri, 04 Aug 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Ambassador Ali Mohamed Saeed Majawar, distinguished Ambassadors and representatives, thank you for the opportunity today to brief you on my recent mission to Yemen and the health situation there.

It was not by chance that my first mission to a WHO country programme was to Yemen. The dire situation in Yemen explains my leadership priorities: we must strive to provide universal health care in the most fragile and complex settings, we must ensure health systems have the capacity to detect and respond to unplanned events and circumstances—particularly from infectious hazards, we must ensure that our WHO country offices have the capacities and skills to lead and to be accountable, predictable and professional.



Tobacco report launch

Wed, 19 Jul 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Speech by WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus at the launch of the WHO Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic



Every Woman Every Child

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 20:00:00 GMT

18 July 2017 – WHO Director-General speaks about the Every Woman Every Child movement at the launch of the 2017 Progress Report on the Every Woman Every Child Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.



Universal health coverage: a political choice

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 21:00:00 GMT

It is a pleasure to be with you today. This is one of the most important events I will attend in New York this week. As you know, I regard universal health coverage as WHO’s top priority. As I have said many times before, all roads lead to universal health coverage.

For me, universal coverage is an ethical issue. Do we want our fellow citizens to die because they are poor? Or millions of families to fall into poverty because they lack financial risk protection? These are very important questions.



WHO Director-General's remarks at the UN Security Council meeting on the situation in Yemen

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMT

WHO Director-General's speech at the UN Security Council on the situation in Yemen