We are the directing and coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations’ system. We do this by:

  • Providing leadership on matters critical to health and engaging in partnerships where joint action is needed;
  • Shaping the research agenda and stimulating the generation, translation and dissemination of valuable knowledge;
  • Setting norms and standards and promoting and monitoring their implementation;
  • Articulating ethical and evidence-based policy options;
  • Providing technical support, catalysing change, and building sustainable institutional capacity; and
  • Monitoring the health situation and assessing health trends.


Leadership priorities

For each 6-year programme of work priority areas are identified where our leadership is most needed. These are our main areas of work:

  • Health systems
  • Promoting health through the life-course Non communicable diseases Communicable diseases Corporate services Preparedness, surveillance and response


Website: World Health Organization (WHO)