WHO: Weekend Overview

The Extended Article from the Monday Diplomat

I hope you find this humerus. The World Health Organization, or WHO, has its focus stated as “the attainment by all people of the highest possible level of health.” Acting as a specialized agency to solve the public health issues of the global community, the WHO committee (headed by Shailey Shah) fostered debate on the topics of Genetically Modified Organisms, Proper Management of Medical Waste/Biohazards, and Paternalism and Non-Communicable Diseases. The committee appeared to be a tough crowd for delegates presenting their resolutions, as during the evening session on Day one, the delegates of WHO passed one of nine resolutions. Super resolutions were the poison of choice for the delegates of WHO. During committee sessions, the delegates moved for several unmoderated caucuses in which to devise their super resolutions, taking several at a time. In fact, the one resolution passed on day one was a super resolution sponsored by Chile, Brazil, the United States of America, and India. From a delegate’s perspective, it seemed to be that the most interesting and debatable topic of them all was Genetically Modified Organisms because there are many people who are ignorant of the topic, and thus against it. The topics of Proper Management of Medical Waste/Biohazards and Paternalism and Non-Communicable Diseases were certainly excellent and debatable, but the GMOs brought a certain spice and je ne sais quoi to the conference that was much lacked. By the end of committee sessions before General Assembly, the delegates of WHO were properly able to discover resolutions to monitoring and assessing the situation of health trends.