Last updated on: 8/22/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

World Health Organization (WHO) Biography

Position:
None Found to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

No position found as of Dec. 2002

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
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Description:

“WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.”

“About Us,” WHO website (accessed Aug. 20, 2007)

Mission:

“WHO fulfils its objectives through its core functions:

  • 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”
  • “About Us,” WHO website (accessed Aug. 20, 2007)

    Other:
    Chartered by the United Nations