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WHO Executive Board shortlists candidates for Director-General

The Executive Board of the World Health Organization, meeting in Geneva, today agreed on a shortlist of five candidates for the post of Director-General.

The short list of five candidates reads as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr Kazem Behbehani
  • Dr Margaret Chan
  • Dr Julio Frenk
  • Dr Shigeru Omi
  • Ms Elena Salgado Méndez

On Tuesday, the Board will interview the five candidates, and on Wednesday it will nominate one of them for the post of Director-General of the Organization. This nomination will be submitted to the World Health Assembly, which will meet for a one-day special session on Thursday to appoint the next Director-General.

The current election follows the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-wook, WHO Director-General, on 22 May 2006. At its meeting on 23 May, the WHO Executive Board agreed on an "accelerated process" for electing a Director-General, which will culminate on 9 November with the appointment of the next Director-General.

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Christine McNab
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Iain Simpson
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Fadéla Chaib
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