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Mr. Gian Luca Burci

Mr. Gian Luca Burci
Legal Counsel
World Health Organization

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The WHO - An Introduction

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Specialized Agencies and Related Organizations
World Health Organization
The WHO - An Introduction
A. Legal Instruments
Covenant of the League of Nations, League of Nations, Paris, 28 April 1919, Official Journal, 1st year, No. 1, February 1920, p. 3 (Text of the Covenant available on the website of Yale Law School’s Avalon Project).

Constitution of the World Health Organization, New York, 22 July 1946, United Nations, Treaty Seriesvol. 14, p. 185.

Constitution of the Pan American Health Organization, Buenos Aires, 2 October 1947.

World Health Organization Regulations No. 1 regarding nomenclature (including the compilation and publication of statistics) with respect to diseases and causes of death, Geneva, 24 July 1948, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 66, p. 25.

Agreement between the World Health Organization and the Pan American Sanitary Organization concerning the integration of the Pan American Sanitary Organization with the World Health Organization, Washington, 24 May 1949, United Nations, Treaty Seriesvol. 32, p. 387.

International Sanitary Regulations, Geneva, 25 March, 1951, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, p. 216.

World Health Organization Regulations regarding nomenclature (including the compilation and publication of statistics) with respect to diseases and causes of death, Geneva, 22 May 1967,  United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1172, p. 345.

Agreement on the Application of Sanitary and Phytosanitary Measures, Marrakesh, 15 April 1994, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 1867, p. 493.

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, Geneva, 21 May 2003, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2302, p. 166.

International Health Regulations (2005), Geneva, 23 May 2005, United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 2509, p. 79.
B. Jurisprudence
International Court of Justice, Legality of the Use by a State of Nuclear Weapons in Armed Conflict, Advisory Opinion, I.C.J. Reports 1996, p. 66.
C. Documents
World Health Organization, International Code on the Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes, Geneva, 1981.

World Health Organization, Guidelines on the Use of International Nonproprietary Names (INNs) for Pharmaceutical Substances, Geneva, 1997.

The Global Fund to Fight Malaria, Tuberculosis and AIDS, The Framework Document, 2001.

World Health Organization, Global strategy for infant and young child feeding, Geneva, 2003.

World Health Organization, Strategic directions for improving the health and development of children and adolescents, Geneva, 2003.

World Health Organization, Global Strategy on Diet, Physical Activity and Health, Geneva, 2004.

World Health Organization, WHO Medicines Strategy 2008-2013, Geneva, 2008.

World Health Organization, Global strategy and plan of action on public health, innovation and intellectual property, Geneva, 2011.
D. References
For the various versions of the World Health Organization Essential Medicines List, see the official website.

For information on the joint World Health Organization-Food and Agriculture Organization Codex Alimentarius, see the official website.  

For information on the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunizations, see Gavi.