This 47th edition, updated to 31 May 2009, brings together, in one volume, essential documents concerning the governance of the World Health Organization, including the Constitution, Rules of Procedure of both the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board, as well as Financial and Staff Regulations. It also includes Regulations for Expert Advisory Panels and Committees and for Study and Scientific Groups, the texts of agreements with the United Nations and other agencies, the Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies, the Statute of the International Agency for Research on Cancer, and the principles governing relations with nongovernmental organizations. It lists Members and Associate Members of the World Health Organization.
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World Health Organization is a Specialized Agency of the United Nations, charged to act as the world's directing and coordinating authority on questions of human health. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries, and monitoring and assessing health trends.
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