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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

World Health Organization (WHO)

Yves Beigbeder

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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