Former Director-General: Dr LEE Jong-wook

LEE Jong-wook was nominated on 28 January 2003 by the World Health Organization's Executive Board for the post of Director-General of the agency and elected to the post on 21 May by the Member States of WHO for a five-year term.

Prior to his work as Director-General, Dr Lee was a world leader in the fight against two of the greatest challenges to international health and development - tuberculosis, and vaccine preventable diseases of children.

Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General, died on the morning of 22 May 2006 following a sudden illness.


59th World Health Assembly

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Report prepared by Dr Lee to the 59th World Health Assembly

All speeches

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Speeches delivered by Dr Lee since he was nominated for the post of Director-General on 28 January 2003

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