Printer-friendly version
Geneva Green Guide

World Health Organization

WHO
Public Health and Environment Department (PHE)
World Health Organization
20 avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27
Tel: 
(+41 22) 791 21 11
Fax: 
(+41 22) 791 31 11
Email: 
Contact: 

Dr Maria Neira, Tel: (+41 22) 791 55 26, Fax: (+41 22) 791 41 27, Email: neiram@who.int

Description

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, WHO promotes technical cooperation for health among nations, carries out programmes to control and eradicate disease and strives to improve the quality of human life.

Organization: 
Intergovernmental organizations
Established: 
1948
Activities: 

In matters of health, WHO provides guidance, sets global standards, cooperates with governments in strengthening national programmes, and develops and transfers appropriate technology, information and standards. Through its Public Health and Environment Department, WHO undertakes the following activities:

  • evidence-based assessments and the formulation and updating of norms and guidance on major environmental hazards to health (poor air quality, chemical substances, electromagnetic fields, radon, poor-quality drinking water and wastewater reuse);
  • the provision of technical support for the implementation of international environmental agreements and for monitoring progress towards the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals;
  • the provision of technical support and guidance to Member States for the implementation of primary prevention interventions that reduce environmental hazards to health, enhance safety and promote public health, including in specific settings and among vulnerable population groups;
  • the provision of technical assistance and support to Member States for strengthening occupational and environmental health policy-making, planning of preventive interventions, service delivery and surveillance.
Cooperation: 

with UNEP, FAO, UNICEF, IAEA, ILO and others.

Publications: 

See the website.

Keywords: 
health
climate change
disasters
transport
ozone
technology
biosafety
standards
freshwater
public awareness
capacity building
poverty
energy
chemicals
population
hazardous waste
waste