WHO Board Trims Candidates For Director To Five; Two More Cuts Tomorrow 24/01/2017 by William New, Intellectual Property Watch 3 Comments Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)World Health Organization members took the first step toward choosing the next director general of the UN health agency today as they narrowed the candidates to five. There will be interviews held with the remaining candidates tomorrow, after which the list will be reduced to three until the May World Health Assembly. WHO Headquarters, Geneva Dr. Miklós Szócska of Hungary was the first to go in a vote today, and will be followed by two more tomorrow. Tomorrow, 25 January, the Executive Board will interview the remaining candidates and shorten the list to three nominees, by vote. The names will be announced in the evening of 25 January. The full WHO membership will choose among the three nominees by vote at the annual World Health Assembly in May. The new director-general will take office on 1 July 2017. The short list now consists of the following candidates: Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Ethiopia) http://www.who.int/dg/election/tedros/en/ Dr Flavia Bustreo (Italy) http://www.who.int/dg/election/bustreo/en/ Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy (France) http://www.who.int/dg/election/blazy/en/ Dr David Nabarro (United Kingdom) http://www.who.int/dg/election/nabarro/en/ Dr Sania Nishtar (Pakistan) http://www.who.int/dg/election/nishtar/en/ The outcome is hard to predict. The vote count in today’s closed Board meeting were as follows, according to sources: Ghebreyesus 34 Bustreo 33 Nishtar 32 Nbarro 30 Douste-Blazy 28 Szócska 13 The Board consists of 34 WHO members in rotating terms of office. IP-Watch reporting on interviews with the candidates is here (IPW, WHO, 10 November 2016) More information from WHO is here: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/notes/2017/initial-list-candidates/en/ Candidates’ plans for “tackling unaffordable medicines and the lack of innovation in their priority areas” was issued by six civil society groups and published on infojustice.org here. In a separate action today, the Executive Board appointed Dr Mahmoud Fikri, from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), following his nomination by the Regional Committee for EMRO in October last year. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Related William New may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org."WHO Board Trims Candidates For Director To Five; Two More Cuts Tomorrow" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.