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Update on the Election process for the new WHO Director-General


Latest update on the Election process for the new WHO Director-General and Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’s rivals

Six candidates have been proposed by Member States of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the position of WHO Director-General.

Member States proposed the following candidates:

The Government of Italia has submitted the nomination of Dr Flavia Bustreo ;

Dr. Flavia Bustreo is the World Health Organization’s Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, and Vice Chair of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. As former Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, Dr. Bustreo is playing a leadership role in the work of the United Nations Global Strategy for Women’s, Children’s and Adolescents’ Health.

The Government of France has submitted the nomination of Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy;

Professor Philippe Douste-Blazy is a United Nations official and former French Centre-right politician. He has been Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development in the United Nations since 2008 and chairman of UNITAID since 2006.

He previously served as French Minister for Health (1993–1995 and 2004–2005), Minister of Culture (1995–1997) and as Foreign Minister in the cabinet of Dominique de Villepin (2005–2007). He was mayor of Lourdes 1989–2000 and mayor of Toulouse 2001–2004.

Originally a member of the Centre of Social Democrats (CDS), the Christian Democrat component of the Union for French Democracy (UDF) party, he later joined the Union for a Popular Movement.

A cardiologist of profession he became Professor at Toulouse Sciences University in 1988.