Last updated on: 8/28/2007 | Author: ProCon.org

World Health Organization (WHO) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Euthanasia or Physician-Assisted Suicide Be Legal?"
Reasoning:

“In recent years euthanasia and assisted suicide have become issues that may confront the physician. Active euthanasia is illegal in almost all jurisdictions, and assisted suicide is enmeshed in moral, ethical and philosophical controversy.”

“Preventing Suicide: A Resource for General Physicians,” World Health Organization, 2000

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“The World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. It was established on 7 April 1948… WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World Health Assembly. The Health Assembly is composed of representatives from WHO’s Member States. The main tasks of the World Health Assembly are to approve the WHO programme and the budget for the following biennium and to decide major policy questions.”

www.who.int (accessed Aug. 14, 2006)

Mission:

“WHO’s objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO’s Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.”

www.who.int (accessed Aug. 14, 2006)

Other:
None found
Quoted in:
  1. Would Improving Palliative Care Decrease Patient Requests for Physician-Assisted Suicide?