WHO Executive Board Recommends World Health Assembly Adopt Resolution on Drowning

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Executive Board has adopted decision EB152/CONF./2 “Accelerating Action on Global Drowning Prevention” which recommends to the World Health Assembly the adoption of a resolution to address the global drowning burden. The 76th World Health Assembly (the decision making body of the WHO) will be held 21-30th May 2023.

The resolution requests continued leadership and support from the WHO to advance multisectoral global drowning prevention action between 2023 and 2029. An estimated 236,000 people die from drowning each year, with rates for drowning being highest among the most socioeconomically disadvantaged and vulnerable members of society.

The resolution requests Member States assess their national drowning situation and develop and implement multisectoral drowning prevention programming, policy planning, and promote drowning prevention through community engagement.

The resolution requests WHO to establish a Global Alliance for Drowning Prevention with organisations of the United Nations system, international development partners and nongovernmental organisations. The Alliance will develop a Global Drowning Prevention Strategy to guide its operation and strengthen coordination and collaboration among partners.

Furthermore, the resolution requests the WHO prepare a global status report on drowning prevention, as assessment which all 194 WHO Member States will be invited participate in. This will provide critical information for drowning prevention policy-makers and programme implementors.

For more information visit:

Global report on drowning: preventing a leading killer


Preventing drowning: an implementation guide


UN General Assembly resolution “Global drowning prevention” 75/273 (2021)


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