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August 14, 2020

Statement of ABA President Patricia Lee Refo Re: U.S. membership in the WHO

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2020 – The American Bar Association strongly supports the continued membership of the United States in the World Health Organization (WHO) and urges the U.S. government to seek reforms in the WHO while maintaining its membership. 

The ABA recognizes the importance of our country’s role, as one of the historical sponsors of the WHO, to continue to help shape and advance WHO policies and actions. Global threats demand global solutions.

The ABA urges the United States government and governments around the globe to reaffirm their support for the World Health Assembly Resolution, requiring an impartial, independent and comprehensive evaluation to review lessons learned from the WHO-coordinated international health response to COVID-19.

The ABA reaffirms its position, particularly in light of the current public health situation, that the United States should remain a fully engaged member of the WHO and support it financially.

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