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Who's up for top WHO job?

The field candidates for the top job at the World Health Organization is dominated by a list of current and former WHO insiders, it emerged on Wednesday. Of the 13 nominees to fill the post of director general that was linkurl:left vacant;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23475/ earlier this year by the death of Lee Jong-Wook, four currently hold senior WHO posts and three have former connections to the agency. Lee?s unexpected passing in May forced the WHO to put in place an accelera

By | September 7, 2006

The field candidates for the top job at the World Health Organization is dominated by a list of current and former WHO insiders, it emerged on Wednesday. Of the 13 nominees to fill the post of director general that was linkurl:left vacant;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/23475/ earlier this year by the death of Lee Jong-Wook, four currently hold senior WHO posts and three have former connections to the agency. Lee?s unexpected passing in May forced the WHO to put in place an accelerated process for electing a linkurl:new director general;http://www.the-scientist.com/news/display/24063/. The organization?s 192 member nations had until Tuesday to submit names, from which a shortlist will be drawn up for voting upon at a meeting in November. The names of the nominees were made public by the Chairman of the WHO Executive Board, Fernando Antezana Araníbar. They are: --linkurl:Kazem Behbehani;http://www.who.int/dg/lee/adg/behbehani/en/ from Kuwait, WHO Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Governing Bodies --linkurl:Margaret Chan;http://www.who.int/dg/adg/chan/en/ from China, WHO Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases --linkurl:Julio Frenk;http://www.presidencia.gob.mx/gabinete/index.php?contenido=15038&gabinete=desarrollo, Mexican health minister and former WHO executive director, evidence and information for policy --David A. Gunnarsson, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Health and Social Security, Iceland --linkurl:Nay Htun;http://www.upeace.org/faculty/nhtun.cfm, from Myanmar, Professor and Executive Director for Asia and the Pacific at the University of Peace and UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director in charge of Asia and the Pacific --Karam Karam, nominated by the Syrian Arab Republic, a member of the WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA coordinating committee for the U.N. from 1999-2002 --linkurl:Bernard Kouchner;http://www.ambafrance-us.org/atoz/bio/bio_kouchner.asp, co-founder of Medecins sans Frontieres, nominated by France --Pascoal Manuel Mocumbi, former Prime Minister of Mozambique --linkurl:Shigeru Omi;http://www.wpro.who.int/regional_director/RD.htm from Japan, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific --linkurl:Alfredo Palacio González;http://www.presidencia.gov.ec/modulos.asp?id=192, President of Ecuador --linkurl:Pekka Puska;http://www.ktl.fi/portal/english/osiot/ktl/organization/director_general/, director general of Finland?s National Public Health Institute, and former WHO director of noncommunicable disease prevention and health promotion -- linkurl:Elena Salgado Méndez;http://www.msc.es/gabinetePrensa/biografias/ElenaSalgado.htm, Spanish minister of health --linkurl:Tomris Türmen;http://www.who.int/dg/turmen/en/ from Turkey, WHO Executive Director, Family and Community Health. The WHO Secretariat will now translate the proposals and the curriculum vitae of the candidates submitted by the Member States concerned, into the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish) and dispatch them to Member States by 5 October. Check back next week for more in-depth coverage.

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Ross Hammond

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September 26, 2006

The Framework Convention Alliance (FCA), a coalition of 250+ groups from more than 90 countries that has worked on the development and now ratification and implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, has released a survey on tobacco issues it is asking all of the candidates to fill out. The questionnaire is available at:\nhttp://fctc.org/DG/Questionnaire.doc\nor\nhttp://fctc.org/DG/Questionnaire.pdf\n\nAnswers will be posted as they are received at:\nhttp://fctc.org/DG/\n
Avatar of: Ross Hammond

Ross Hammond

Posts: 2

October 24, 2006

As its contribution to the debate on who should lead WHO at this critical time, the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA) issued a short questionnaire to the candidates soliciting their views on tobacco. Twelve of the 13 candidates responded, and their answers can be found at: http://fctc.org/DG/\n\nWe are urging the 34 countries which are on the Executive Board to examine these answers closely and take them into consideration when choosing a new Director General. The current list of Executive Board Members can be found at:\nhttp://www.who.int/governance/eb/eb_members/en/index.html\n\nInterestingly, the Wall Street Journal today ran an article about the the tobacco record of candidate Julio Frenk of Mexico. That article can be viewed at: \nhttp://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB116164895471701497-lMyQjAxMDE2NjIxNDYyNDQ4Wj.html

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