The first Global Model WHO – organized by WFUNA in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) – was held from February 10 to 19, 2023 in order to raise awareness of the importance of global health issues and foster support in strengthening and advancing the work of WHO. Over 198 high school and university students from over 40 countries participated in the conference, and 29 student volunteers from over 18 countries formed the simulated WHO secretariat.
The virtual conference provided an accurate simulation of the World Health Assembly (WHA) by creating a fully student-led Model WHO, where youth delegates learn how decisions are made at the Health Assembly by negotiating resolutions on WHA topics.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the WHO, gave opening remarks, saying:
“We started this as a way of engaging young people from diverse backgrounds in a wide range of global health issues, and to generate new ideas and new ways of solving problems. We also hope it will interest you in pursuing a career in global health, and give you some of the tools and networks to move towards that goal.”
Watch the conference recap below and click here to read more about the conference on the WHO website.