The Regional Committee,
Referring to Rule 24, regarding the Committee on Nominations, and Rule 31, regarding the General Committee, of the Rules of Procedure of the World Health Assembly;
Recalling resolution WHA39.6 by which Articles 24 and 25 of the Constitution were amended to increase the membership of the Executive Board from 31 to 32, so that the number of Members of the Western Pacific Region entitled to designate a person to serve on. the Executive Board was increased from three to four;
Reiterating that the Western pacific Region is the largest of all the WHO regions in terms of population;
Noting the increase in the number of Members of WHO in the Western Pacific Region since 1983;
- EXPRESSES its concern that, at present, the representation of the Western Pacific Region on the Committee on Nominations and the General Committee does not adequately reflect the important principle of equitable geographical distribution as set out in the Rules of Procedure of the Health Assembly;
- RECOMMENDS to the Executive Board, and through it to the World Health Assembly, that consideration be given to increasing the number of members of the Committee on Nominations and the General Committee from 24 to 25, so that the number of Members from the Western Pacific Region can be increased from two to three on each Committee.