The World Health Assembly offers a unique opportunity for Parliamentarians to get acquainted with current global health priorities and up-to-date scientific evidence, and to reflect on how this can be used to guide national political decisions, including on budget allocation. The aim of the side event “Bridging the gap between evidence and policy: the role of Parliamentarians in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” is to facilitate dialogue between, on the one hand, Parliamentarians in their role as law makers and, on the other, the global health community. Participants will also have an opportunity to discuss how this interaction has worked thus far and how it can be strengthened, especially in regard to health issues such as immunization, sexual and reproductive health, as well as health aspects of climate change. The side event is organized by the IPU and WHO under the sponsorship of Austria, Bangladesh, and Cameroon. Simultaneous interpreting services will be provided in English, French, and Spanish.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR PARTICIPANTS
The parliamentary meeting is open to all members of parliament and parliamentary staff who will be attending the 70th World Health Assembly as part of their national delegations. In order to be included in national delegations and attend the parliamentary event, members of parliament should contact their national Ministry of Health, which is the focal point designated by WHO for the composition and submission of national delegations.
As is customary during meetings at United Nations Office at Geneva, security arrangements are very strict and no one may enter the United Nations premises without a special badge (for delegates and visitors). In keeping with normal practice, delegations and diplomatic missions in Geneva will be invited to attend to all matters relating to visas, UN Badges, hotel reservations and transportation. Participants must therefore request their badge from their country's permanent mission to the United Nations in Geneva.