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.
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
World Health Assembly
The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is attended by delegations from all WHO Member States and focuses on a specific health agenda prepared by the Executive Board. The main functions of the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies, and review and approve the proposed programme budget.
Election of Director-General
The appointment of the next WHO Director-General will take place at the Seventy-fifth World Health Assembly in May 2022 (WHA75). The election process begins when Member States, through a circular letter sent by the WHO Secretariat, are invited to submit proposals for candidates for the Director-General position. The World Health Assembly will appoint the next Director-General by secret ballot.
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.