America withdraws from World Health Organization.
The administration of Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, has sent a letter, withdrawing America from the World Health Organization (WHO).
In late May 2020, Donald Trump had said:
“We will be terminating our relationship with the World Health Organization and directing those funds to other global public health charities.”
The notice of withdrawal from the WHO, was sent to António Guterres, United Nations Secretary General and it will be effective July 6, 2021.
Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres, stated:
“On 6 July 2020, the United States of America notified the Secretary-General … of its withdrawal from the World Health Organization, effective on 6 July 2021.”
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a United States Department spokesperson, said:
“The president has been clear that the WHO needs to get its act together. The United States will continue efforts to reform the WHO and other international organizations to ensure they operate with transparency, fulfill their mandates and hold governments accountable for their commitments under international law.”
Under the terms of a joint resolution, which was passed by Congress in the year 1948, America needs to give a notice of one year and also pay of any debts it may have to the Agency, in order for it to be able to leave.
Joe Biden, challenger to US President Donald Trump in the coming November US presidential election, Tweeted:
“On my first day as President, I will rejoin the WHO and restore our leadership on the world stage.”
As per American law, the President of America can’t immediately and unilaterally withdraw from WHO. The U.S. Congress, courts and also the public, can work together, to stop this from happening.
Jimmy Kolker, a former U.S. ambassador said: “
We have a lot of allies on improving WHO, but we have no allies on abandoning WHO.”