The Public Health Journal   |  January 3, 2014

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The World Health Organization (WHO) is the principal global health institution within the United Nations, endowed with an enlightened constitution and international legitimacy. Virtually every country in the world is a member of the agency, providing the potential for democratic accountability and political clout. It is highly unlikely that that the United Nations would grant the same expansive authority and global reach to an international organization if it were created today. Given its deep history and leadership potential, there is no institution that could replace the WHO, with its unrivalled normative authority, global influence, and legal powers.

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