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WHO Executive Board agrees on an initial short list of candidates to the post of WHO Director-General

24 January 2017
Note for Media

Today, WHO has taken the next step in the election of the Director-General of WHO.

Initial screening of the 6 candidates nominated by Member States was conducted by the Executive Board. The Board then voted to determine a short list of 5 candidates.

The short list comprises the following candidates:

Tomorrow, on 25 January, Members of the Executive Board will conduct interviews, and shorten the list to 3 nominees, by vote. Their names will be announced by the Executive Board Chair, Dr Ray Busuttil on Wednesday evening 25 January. All Member States will choose among the three nominees by voting at the World Health Assembly in May 2017. The new Director-General will take office on 1 July 2017.

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