Governance takes place through the World Health Assembly, which is the supreme decision-making body; and the Executive Board, which gives effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly. The Organization is headed by the Director-General, who is appointed by the Health Assembly on the nomination of the Executive Board.

                                Upcoming meetings

                                29 November - 1 December 2021: Special Session of the World Health Assembly referred to in decision WHA74(16)

                                24-29 January 2022: 150th session of the Executive Board

                                22-28 May 2022: Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly

                                * May 2022: 151st session of the Executive Board





                                Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is the Director-General of WHO, elected by a vote of Member States at the World Health Assembly on 23 May 2017. The Director-General is WHO's chief technical and administrative officer and oversees the policy for the Organization's international health work. Dr Tedros took office for a five-year term on 1 July 2017.