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The WHO is a specialised agency of the United Nations that is concerned with international public health. WHO's core function is to direct and coordinate international health work through collaboration.
WHO was established in Apr.1948, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is a member of the United Nations Development Group.

WHO partners with countries to achieve its goals via collaboration, the United Nations system, international organisations, civil society, foundations, academia, and research institutions.

  • International Agency for Research on Cancer: IARC is WHO's specialised cancer research agency, established in May.1965.ref International Agency for Research on CancerWikipedia-W.svg
  • Partnerships, link
  • Non-State actors (NGOs, private sector entities, philanthropic foundations, and academic institutions), link, ref, p.27
  • Expert Advisory Panels and Committees (43 of them, but only 5 meet regularly), link
  • Collaborating centres, link
  • WHO's work with the United Nations, link
  • WHO Office at the United Nations, link


The World Health Assembly is the WHO's decision-making body. Governance takes place through the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board, which gives effect to the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly. The World Health Assembly is attended by delegations from all Member States, and determines WHO's policies.ref

IAEA Gag on Nuclear

Why we can’t trust the World Health Organization’s statements on nuclear accident health impacts. A widely-cited source for health impact figures after a nuclear accident is the World Health Organisation. But the WHO is bound by a 1959 agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency, which can veto any actions by the WHO that relate to nuclear power.[1] Since the IAEA’s mandate is to promote nuclear energy, any WHO estimates of current or future health effects from nuclear accidents have to pass muster with the IAEA - who promote nuclear. Most WHO statements on nuclear accident health impacts should therefore be treated with considerable skepticism.[2][3]



  • Dec.25.2018: Bacon-cancer link: head of UN agency at heart of furore defends its work. IARC’s outgoing director attacked vested interests of critics but admits it could have communicated better. Christopher Wild, head of the UN agency that provoked a massive outcry and some ridicule when it declared that bacon, red meat and glyphosate weedkiller caused cancer has defended its work, denying the announcements were mishandled and insisting on its independence. Major financial interests were in play, said the statement: the relicensing of Glyphosate by the European Commission, hundreds of lawsuits against Monsanto in the USA over cancers allegedly caused by glyphosate, and the decision by the Californian Environmental Protection Agency to label the herbicide as a carcinogen. Sarah Boseley, The Guardian.
  • Jun.01.2018: Sugary drinks: panel advising WHO stops short of recommending tax. The WHO made a non-binding recommendation in Oct.2016 that govts should impose a 20% tax. In a 2014 evidence review, the WHO had also specifically endorsed a tax on sugary drinks. The commission made six recommendations in its report, including for govt heads to take responsibility for disease reduction and to increase regulation. It did not mention taxes specifically. They admitted: “Some recommendations, such as reducing sugar consumption through effective taxation on sugar-sweetened beverages and the accountability of the private sector, could not be reflected in this report, despite broad support from many [of the 21] commissioners.” Graham MacGregor, chair of Action on Sugar; the Sustain § Children’s Food Campaign. Denis Campbell, The Guardian.


  1. ^ Toxic link: the WHO and the IAEA. A 50-year-old agreement with the International Atomic Energy Agency effectively gags the WHO from telling the truth about the health risks of radiation. Fifty years ago, WHO entered into an important agreement with the IAEA. The effect has been to give the IAEA a veto on any actions by the WHO that relate in any way to nuclear power – and so prevent the WHO from playing its proper role in investigating and warning of the dangers of nuclear radiation on human health. Oliver Tickell, The Guardian, May.28.2009.
  2. ^ Conflicting Mandates, Co-Opted Studies: The International Atomic Energy Agency and the World Health Organization Cindy Folkers, Beyond Nuclear, Sept.26.2009. Original archived on Sept.26.2020.
  3. ^ The Case Against Nuclear Power. Radiation and harm to human health. page 14, Beyond Nuclear, Jul.2018.