[Ip-health] Official roster of candidates for WHO Director-General has been released -Election process for the new WHO Director-General

Tido von Schoen-Angerer tido.von.schoenangerer at gmail.com
Sat Sep 24 05:17:03 PDT 2016

David Nabarro is 67 years old (according to wikipedia), well past WHO retirement age. Philippe Douste-Blazy is 63, the other candidates are younger (though I can't see the age of Flavia Bustreo on the internet). It is not clear from the code of conduct or the WHO constitution how age is dealt with in the DG selection. Anyone knows?

On Sep 23, 2016, at 2:38 PM, Thiru Balasubramaniam wrote:

> *Sent:* 23 September 2016 14:16
> *Subject:* Election process for the new WHO Director-General
> *Election process for the new WHO Director-General*
> 23 September 2016 | Geneva: Six candidates have been proposed by Member
> States of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the position of WHO
> Director-General.
> Member States proposed the following candidates:
> ·         The Government of Ethiopia has submitted the nomination of Dr
> Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus;
> ·         The Government of Italy has submitted the nomination of Dr Flavia
> Bustreo;
> ·         The Government of France has submitted the nomination of
> Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy;
> ·         The Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and
> Northern Ireland has submitted the nomination of Dr David Nabarro;
> ·         The Government of Pakistan has submitted the nomination of Dr
> Sania Nishtar;
> ·         The Government of Hungary has submitted the nomination of Dr
> Miklós Szócska.
> The deadline for proposals closed on 22 September 2016. Since 22 April
> 2016, WHO's 194 Member States have had the opportunity to propose
> candidates.
> The Director-General is WHO’s chief technical and administrative officer
> and oversees WHO’s international health work. The current Director-General,
> Dr Margaret Chan, was appointed  in 2006 and will complete her second term
> on 30 June next year.
> On 1-2 November, a forum will be held for candidates to present their
> visions to WHO Member States, and the public, and answer questions from
> Member States on their candidacy. The forum will be webcast in all UN
> languages on the WHO website: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and
> Spanish.
> In January 2017, WHO’s Executive Board will draw up a shortlist with a
> maximum of 5 candidates. Executive Board members will then interview these
> candidates and nominate up to 3 to go forward for consideration by the
> World Health Assembly in May 2017, when Member States will vote in a new
> Director-General. Previously, just 1 nomination was submitted by WHO’s
> Executive Board to the World Health Assembly, which then made the final
> appointment.
> The new Director-General will take office on 1 July 2017.
> *Note to editors*
> The World Health Assembly is the decision-making body of WHO. It is
> attended by delegations from all WHO Member States. The main functions of
> the World Health Assembly are to determine the policies of the
> Organization, appoint the Director-General, supervise financial policies,
> and review and approve the proposed programme budget.
> The Executive Board is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected
> for 3-year terms. The Board meets twice a year: in January, when the
> members agree upon the agenda and the resolutions to be considered by the
> World Health Assembly, and again in May following the Assembly.
> For more information, please contact: media at who.intFurther information:
>   - Election process for the WHO Director-General
>   <http://apps.who.int/gb/ep/>
>   - Frequently asked questions
>   <http://apps.who.int/gb/ep/pdf/FAQs-4-07-2016-en.pdf?ua=1>
>   (PDF, 61 kB)
>   - Code of Conduct for the Election of the Director-General
>   <http://apps.who.int/gb/ebwha/pdf_files/WHA66-REC1/A66_REC1-en.pdf?ua=1#page=57>
>   (PDF, 2219 kB)
>   - Director-General candidates
>   <http://www.who.int/dg/election/candidate-announcements/en/>
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