Press Release WHA/7
15 May 1998
ROTATION IN WHO EXECUTIVE BOARD
TWELVE NEW MEMBERS ELECTED
Twelve Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) were elected yesterday by the Fifty-first World Health Assembly (WHA) to designate one person each to serve on the WHO Executive Board -- the second-highest governing body of the Organization after the WHA.
In alphabetical order these are: Bangladesh, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chile, China, France, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Qatar, Russian Federation, Trinidad and Tobago, United States of America and Yemen.
They will replace the following countries, whose terms of office will end at the closure of the current WHA on 16 May 1998: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Barbados, Bhutan, Brazil, Croatia, Egypt, Ireland, Republic of Korea and Zimbabwe.
The persons designated by the newly elected countries will take up their membership in the Board immediately after closure of the current Assembly. The Executive Board will thereafter be composed of persons designated by the following countries:
Africa (7 countries): Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi.
Americas (6 countries): Chile, Canada, Honduras, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and United States of America.
Europe (7 countries): France, Germany, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russian Federation and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
Eastern Mediterranean (5 countries): Cyprus, Oman, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
South-East Asia (3 countries): Bangladesh, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.
Western Pacific (4 countries): China, Cook Islands, Japan and Lao People's Democratic Republic.
The Executive Board (EB) consists of 32 members, who are technically qualified in the field of health and designated by their countries, Member States of WHO, for a period of three years. The World Health Assembly chooses the countries on the basis of equitable geographical distribution.
The main functions of the Executive Board are to give effect to the decisions and policies of the World Health Assembly, acting as its executive organ, as well as to advise the WHA and to generally facilitate its work. The Executive Board is also responsible for preparing the agenda of WHA meetings and for taking emergency measures within the functions and financial resources of the World Health Organization.
In particular, the Board may authorise WHO's Director-General to take the necessary steps to combat epidemics, to participate in the organization of health relief to victims of a disaster, and to undertake studies and research, the urgency of which has been drawn to the attention of the Board by any Member Government or by the Director-General.
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