From our longstanding Geneva headquarters to our 6 regional offices, 150 country offices and other offices around the world, WHO plays an essential role improving local health systems and coordinating the global response to health threats. Discover how we work to support the efforts of governments and partners to ensure everyone, everywhere has an equal chance at a safe and healthy life.
WHO Member States are grouped into 6 regions. Each region has a regional office.
WHO works with all Member States to support them to achieve the highest standard of health for all people.
WHO has dedicated staff working in country teams to advise ministries of health and other sectors on public health issues and provide support to plan, implement and monitor health programmes.
WHO’s global office is located in Geneva, Switzerland.
Since our inception in 1948, WHO has been hosted by the Swiss Federation. Our main building was inaugurated in 1966. Today, the campus is home to 2 400 employees. The headquarters is currently undergoing modernization which will be completed in 2024. The building renovation aims to increase site efficiency and decrease operational budget, by investing in a long-term modern, high standard and energy-efficient building.
The global research centre, established in 1995, focusses on promoting health systems for universal health coverage in the context of population ageing, and advancing knowledge on health emergencies and disaster risk preparedness.
Scheduled to launch its first learning programmes in 2021 and, from 2023, headquartered at a futuristic campus in Lyon, France, the WHO Academy will be a globally accessible school for the future that will transform lifelong learning in health. Combining the latest technologies in digital, in-person and blended learning with advancements in adult learning science, the Academy will offer innovative, personalized and multilingual training that meets priority needs. The Academy will be an internal WHO division that will be headed by a Chief Learning Officer.
The WHO Office at the United Nations (WUN) represents the interests of WHO at the United Nations in New York. The Office facilitates the participation of WHO and its Director-General in meetings of the UN Security Council, the General Assembly of the UN, the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as other intergovernmental forums, interagency briefings, events and interaction with the UN Press Corps.