The Constitution was drawn up by the International Health Conference, which had been convened pursuant to resolution l (I) 3 of the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, adopted on 15 February 1946. The Conference was held at New York from 19 June to 22 July 1946. In addition to the Constitution, the Conference drew up the Final Act, the Arrangements for the Establishment of an Interim Commission of the World Health Organization and the Protocol concerning the Office international d'hygiène publique , for the text of which, see United Nations, Treaty Series , vol. 9, p. 3.
The States parties to the Arrangement for the creation at Paris of an Office international d’hygiène publique, signed at Rome on 9 December 1907, were as follows:
Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, France, Greece, Hungary, India, Iran (Islamic Republic of ), Iraq, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Luxembourg, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, Uruguay, and Yugoslavia.
Czechoslovakia, who was a participating party to the Arrangement for the creation at Paris of an Office international d'hygiène publique, had signed and accepted the Protocol on 22 July 1946 and 1 March 1948, respectively. See also note 1 under “Czech Republic” and note 1 under “Slovakia” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume.
See note concerning signatures, ratifications, accession, etc. on behalf of China (note 1 under “China” in the “Historical Information” section in the front matter of this volume).
See note 1 under "New Zealand" regarding Tokelau in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.
The former Yugoslavia had signed and accepted the Protocol on 22 July 1946 and 19 November 1947, respectively. See also note 1 under "Bosnia and Herzegovina", "Croatia", "former Yugoslavia", "Slovenia", "The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia" and "Yugoslavia" in the "Historical Information" section in the front matter of this volume.