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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

World Health Organization (WHO)

Yves Beigbeder

Subject(s):
Right to health

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The World Health Organization (‘WHO’) is one of the 16 specialized agencies brought into relationship with the United Nations (UN) ( United Nations, Specialized Agencies ) . Its objective is ‘the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health’ ( Art. 1 Constitution of the WHO ). 2 International cooperation in the field of public health started in the second half of the 19th century, by a succession of international sanitary conferences and the drafting of international sanitary conventions, and with the creation of public health...
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