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The Maastricht Diplomat

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[Reuters] Consensus in WHO despite heavy debate

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reached consensus about its resolution, which passed on Sunday before lunchbreak, including controversial veto powers.

Next to requests for Digital Health Technologies, the resolution includes a controversial article that effectively gives select developed nations a veto power over the allocation of funds.

Estonia, who had argued against a veto system, compromised after fierce debate. Overall, Estonia told reporters, it was happy about the broad consensus that has been reached over the other issues.

Experts had worried that a veto power might result in less funding for developing countries, which would increase the global risk for infectious diseases among other negative externalities.

EuroMUN Committee: World Health Organization (WHO)


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