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Election process for the WHO Director-General 2017

The process to elect the next Director-General of WHO is underway. An overview of the election process follows:

  • Names of candidates for the next Director-General nominated by Member States were announced on 23 September 2016.
  • In October 2016, Member States and candidates were given the opportunity to interact in a password-protected web forum hosted by WHO.
  • On 1–2 November 2016, a live forum was held, at which candidates presented their vision to Member States and were also able to answer questions on their candidacy. The candidates’ forum was webcast on the WHO website in all official languages.
  • In January 2017, WHO’s Executive Board drew up a short list of 5 candidates. Executive Board members then interviewed these candidates and selected 3 nominees to go forward to the World Health Assembly in May 2017.
  • At the Seventieth World Health Assembly, Member States elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the Director-General, who took office on 1 July 2017.


Nominees for the post of WHO Director-General

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