Introduction: To mitigate ongoing disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic, special procedures are being put in place to hold the Regional Committee through a hybrid modality. Up to three members of each Member State delegation will be able to attend meetings in person in the Kuwait Conference Room of the WHO the Regional Office in Cairo, Egypt, but members will also be able to join the session virtually through videoconferencing software. Members joining virtually shall be taken into account in determining whether the session is quorate.
The proposal to hold the session through a hybrid modality was discussed and agreed by the Subcommittee of the Regional Committee at its fourteenth meeting, held on 29 June 2022.
Date and venue: The 69th session of the Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean is scheduled to take place from Monday 10 to Thursday 13 October 2022, exact timings to be confirmed. For Member State delegation members unable to attend in person, the meeting will be conducted virtually using the Zoom videoconferencing platform, facilitated from the WHO Regional Office. Details for accessing the virtual platform will be provided following completion of the registration process.
Registration for participation: All participants are kindly requested to register for the 69th session of the Regional Committee through the secure online registration service at Sixty-nineth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Eastern Mediterranean · Indico (un.org) no later than 15 September 2022. It is recommended to use the latest version of Google Chrome browser to access the registration page.
The WHO Secretariat will confirm your registration via email. Registration is a prerequisite for accessing the Zoom platform during the Regional Committee sessions. Access to the platform will be restricted to registered and approved participants.
Membership and attendance: The Regional Committee consists of one representative from each country or territory of WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region. For the virtual modality of the Regional Committee, access to the Zoom platform will be granted to representatives and their alternates. Advisers and representatives of other entities invited under Rule 2 of the Regional Committee’s Rules and Procedures will be able to follow the sessions and deliberations through webcast.
Credentials Member States: should communicate the names and designations of their representatives and all alternates and advisers to the WHO Regional Director no later than 1 September 2022.
Such credentials will be issued by the Head of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Health, or any other appropriate authority (Rule 3 of the Rules of Procedure).
A copy of the letter of credentials should be uploaded to the registration system so that registration can be approved.
Working languages: The working languages of the Regional Committee are Arabic, English and French. Statements made in any of these languages will be interpreted simultaneously into the other two languages. Member State delegation members will be able to follow in the chosen language by selecting their preferred language when connecting to the Zoom platform.
The meeting will also be webcast in multiple languages. Agenda and other documents Official documentation for the session will be available in Arabic, English and French, and will be made available on the Regional Committee website in the month of September 2022. Documents will not be dispatched by post. Participants are kindly requested to consult the documents online.
Written statements: Written statements of no more than 600 words may be submitted for posting on the WHO regional website under the related agenda item. Written statements should be sent in advance of the opening of the 69th session of the Regional Committee. They may be submitted in lieu of a live intervention or to complement a live intervention from a Member State.
Please send written statements for posting to the WHO website to email@example.com, indicating the name of the country delegation/entity in the subject line of the email.
Video statements: Delegations are encouraged to prepare prerecorded statements to be broadcast during the Regional Committee sessions and are requested to share them with the WHO Secretariat at least five days before the start of the virtual Committee session, to allow time for testing. Exact video specifications and means of sharing them will be communicated at a later stage.