World leaders all but admit major WHO empowerment is imminent

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In the wake of the 75th World Health Assembly on 22–28 May 2022, the Geneva-based World Health Organisation (WHO), a United Nations agency, plans to draw more heavily on member states to boost the agency’s budget significantly, while seeking additional authority. This plan comes amid an intensified focus on expanding and more strictly implementing the International Health Regulations (IHR)—to which the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) submitted proposed amendments early this year.

According to the official transcript of a WHO press conference on 1 June, WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus, referring to the just-completed assembly, stated the following:

As usual, WHO’s Member States discussed a huge range of issues but the most significant decision of the week was the assembly’s adoption of a landmark resolution to increase assessed contributions, the membership fees that countries pay, to a target of 50% of our base budget by the end of the decade, from just 16% now. This change will give WHO the flexibility and predictability to plan for long-term programming in countries, and to attract and retain the people we need to deliver those programmes.

That represents a 34% increase in the WHO budget. He also emphasised the aim of strengthening the WHO in the area of “governance”—which is code for unelected bureaucrats interacting with the private-sector in public-private partnerships to foist changes upon the world, usually outside the confines of elected legislatures.

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