Korea appointed to WHO executive board
May 22, 2020
Global Korean Post
By Lee Hana
Korea has joined the executive board of the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Ministry of Health and Welfare on May 19 said the announcement was made at the 73rd World Health Assembly in Geneva from May 18-19 that was held via videoconferencing. Vice Minister of Health and Welfare Kim Ganglip will represent the country at the global body.
The WHO board comprises 34 countries that each serve a three-year term. Member nations play an active role in the process of examining the organization’s budget allocation, operations and strategy formulation for major projects.
This marks the seventh time Korea will sit on the WHO board since the nation joined the global body in 1949. To serve until 2023, the country will join the West Pacific Regional Assembly alongside Australia, China, Singapore and Tonga.
Vice Minister Kim is slated to represent Korea at WHO on May 22 in the board’s 147th meeting via teleconferencing.
He said Korea will share with the world its experience in overcoming the pandemic, and expand its global leadership in areas like quarantine and welfare in the post-COVID-19 era.