World Health Organization (WHO)

The World Health Organization’s mission is to provide quality healthcare for all people, promote universal healthcare and respond to public health emergencies around the world.

The organisation works to cure, prevent and fight disease outbreaks while bringing together some of the brightest minds in the medical field to create vaccines and conduct important research.

WHO has been vital in setting universal healthcare standards, monitoring global health trends and creating effective evidence-based policies centred around public health.

Hans Kluge WHO
Regional Director of WHO/Europe, Dr. Hans Kluge, at press briefing about the COVID-19 situation, September 2020. © David Barrett/WHO

WHO in UN City
The WHO Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe) is located in Copenhagen and is one of WHO’s six regional offices worldwide.

As a Regional Office, WHO/Europe covers 53 Member states – from Ireland to Uzbekistan. The office employs more than 400 staff from around the world, ensuring that the highest possible level of health is maintained for the more than 900 million people living in the WHO European Region.

The WHO Regional Office for Europe works closely with Member states and partners to achieve better global health for all, while strengthening responses to global health crises and promoting universal healthcare.


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