Dr LEE Jong-wook, former Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), died suddenly on 22 May 2006, two years before the end of his five-year term. As a result, the WHO Executive Board decided to accelerate the process to elect a new Director-General.
The election of the WHO Director-General is taking place in Geneva from 6-9 November 2006.
The WHO Executive Board (EB) will meet from 6 to 8 November at WHO Headquarters and will nominate a person for the post of Director-General.
On 9 November 2006, the World Health Assembly will meet at the United Nations Palais des Nations Assembly Hall for a special session.
The World Health Assembly will consider the nomination of the Director-General at a private meeting and shall come to a decision through a secret ballot.
The countries represented on the current EB are: Afghanistan, Australia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bhutan, Bolivia, Brazil, China, Denmark, Djibouti, El Salvador, Iraq, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Lesotho, Liberia, Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, Romania, Rwanda, Singapore, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Tonga, Thailand, Turkey and the United States of America.
Candidates for the post of Director-General
The names, in English alphabetical order, and titles of the candidates shortlisted by the Executive Board for the post of Director-General on 6 November 2006 are as follows:
Dr Kazem Behbehani
Dr Margaret Chan
Dr Julio Frenk
Dr Shigeru Omi
Ms Elena Salgado Méndez
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