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[Reuters] Japan pushes for veto powers at World Health Organization

Developed countries, like Japan, have put forward a plan that would introduce veto powers to the World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday morning, potentially blocking access to healthcare funding for developing countries. 


Together with the United States, Russia, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and Germany, who contribute a significant portion of WHO funding, Japan has pushed for more oversight over how WHO funding is used. In an attempt to get more control over fund allocation, these nations have proposed a buddy-system that would effectively create veto powers similar to the United Nations Security Council.


Experts have warned against the move, calling it a dangerous step away from the democratic ideals the United Nations have been built upon.


EuroMUN Committee: World Health Organization (WHO)

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