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Multilateral Affairs

OGA’s Multilateral Affairs branch promotes United States positions, policies, and priorities through direct engagement with multilateral bodies (the United Nations as well as organizations designed to coordinate national policies in groups of three or more states).  Engagement can include participation on executive councils and boards, representation at formal multilateral meetings, and direct engagement with health representatives from other countries at international technical and political meetings.

The branch also helps develop agreed U.S. Government policies and positions relevant to global health.  The multilateral affairs team provides expertise and support to HHS’s senior leadership on key global issues, using international organizations to advance the health and well-being of Americans and people throughout the globe.

Multilateral Affairs maintains a health attaché at the U.S. Mission in Geneva who serves as the HHS liaison to the World Health Organization and other UN bodies.  The attaché plays a pivotal role in furthering the global health agenda by working with health representatives from other countries also based in Geneva.

The Multilateral Affairs branch works on a variety of pertinent issues and topics including:

On behalf of the HHS Secretary and the U.S. Government, OGA’s director leads coordinated USG engagement in several multilateral institutions including:

The World Health Organization

The World Health Organization is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.

The Global Fund

The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a unique global public/private partnership dedicated to attracting and disbursing additional resources to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.


UNAIDS is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support.