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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

World Health Organization (WHO)

Yves Beigbeder

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 25 January 2021

Subject(s):
Right to health

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law under the direction of Professor Anne Peters (2021–) and Professor Rüdiger Wolfrum (2004–2020). 

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 intergovernmental...
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