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Dr Anders Nordström becomes Acting Director-General of the World Health Organization


22 May 2006

Following the sudden death of Dr LEE Jong-wook, Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Anders Nordström - currently Assistant Director-General for General Management - will serve as Acting Director-General.

Dr Nordström was appointed by the Director-General as his deputy in November 2003. However, the appointment stated that Dr Nordström would not perform the functions of Deputy Director-General unless Dr Lee were unable to perform the functions of his office.

Under the Rules of Procedure of the World Health Assembly, and in accordance with the decision of the Director-General, Dr Nordström, as senior officer of the Secretariat, will serve as Acting Director-General.

For more information contact:

Christine McNab
Communications Officer
Director-General's office
Telephone: +41 79 254 6815
E-mail: mcnabc@who.int

Iain Simpson
Communications Officer
Director-General's office
Telephone: +41 79 475 5534
E-mail: simpsoni@who.int

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