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

Note for the media
24 January 2017

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.

For more information, please contact:

Gregory Härtl
Tel: +41 22 791 44 58
Mobile: +41 79 203 6715
Email: hartlg@who.int

Fadéla Chaib
Tel: +41 22 791 3228
Mobile: +41 79 475 5556
Email: chaibf@who.int

Tarik Jašarević
Tel: +41 22 791 5099
Mobile: +41 79 367 6214
Email: jasarevict@who.int

Christian Lindmeier
Tel: +41 22 791 1948
Mobile: + 41 79 500 6552
Email: mailto:lindmeierch@who.int