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WHO Press Release: On Unauthorized Use of WHO Logo

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WHO Press Release: On Unauthorized Use of WHO Logo

1 May 2020 

News release

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The World Health Organization (WHO), Country Office for Nepal, has been receiving information about unauthorized use of the WHO logo in some instances in the country. We wish to draw attention to the fact that the emblem/logo/symbol of the WHO is part of the Organization’s intellectual property, and its use implies endorsement by the WHO; and the logo may only be used with the express written permission of the WHO. Guidance on the procedure to obtain permission to use the WHO logo is available on the WHO’s website.

The use of the WHO logo is restricted to government agencies and institutions that have an official collaborating status with the WHO and only in conjunction with the work that they are undertaking with the WHO.

We request all to follow the said guidelines and share this information with partners. Please inform WHO, Country Office Nepal, in case you notice a breach.

1 May 2020  News release Nepal

For media inquiries, email samatya@who.int

The use of the WHO emblem and logo is governed by a resolution of the First World Health Assembly (resolution WHA1.133), which states that “appropriate measures should be taken to prevent the use, without authorization by the Director-General, and in particular for commercial purposes by means of trade-marks or commercial labels, of the emblem, the official seal and the name of the World Health Organization, and of abbreviations of that name through the use of its initial letters”. WHO’s rules accepted by its 194 Member States do not allow the Organization’s name, emblem or logo to be used to promote specific companies, products or ideologies. – WHO

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