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AFRO-NETS> Letter to The Lancet re. DG WHO election (4)

  • Subject: AFRO-NETS> Letter to The Lancet re. DG WHO election (4)
  • From: Manju Chatani <manju@hdnet.org>
  • Date: Wed, 23 Oct 2002 01:33:08 -0400 (EDT)

Letter to The Lancet re. DG WHO election (4)


Dr Dovlo asked if there are any ideas on who the potential candidates
are and I remembered a previous UN Wire article posted on AFRO-NETS
on Sept 25 (posted below) which states that Peter Piot (UNAIDS) is
being considered, and that Bernard Kouchner (former French Health
Minister and MSF co-founder) and Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal
Mocumbi have announced their interest as well. The Lancet also refers
to other potential candidates.

It makes one wonder on the politics of election and selection. Often,
it seems that once groups of countries agree/decline supporting spe-
cific candidates, there are new candidates who enter the race.
Brundtland's sudden decision not to run for a second term only on Au-
gust 23 has probably left little time for candidates to develop their
campaigns and, as Dr Dovlo calls it, 'manifestos'.

Richard Horton's Lancet article
has an interesting description of the process and possible candidates
so far.

Manju Chatani
Health & Development Networks

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AFRO-NETS> WHO: Candidates Lining Up To Replace Brundtland Next Year

WHO: Candidates Lining Up To Replace Brundtland Next Year

Source - UN Wire:

Joint U.N. Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) Executive Director Peter Piot
of Belgium is one of the leading candidates to head the World Health
Organization when Director General Gro Harlem Brundtland steps down
in July, the Belgian daily De Standaard reported Saturday (De Stan-
daard, Sept. 21, UN Wire translation).

Piot joins a growing list of candidates to succeed Brundtland, who
last month announced her intention not to seek another term. The for-
mer Norwegian prime minister, head of the WHO since 1998, cited her
age as the main reason for not seeking another five years at the helm
of the U.N. agency (WHO release, Aug. 23:
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/releases/who65/en/print.html ).

Piot, a longtime HIV/AIDS researcher and a co-discoverer of the Ebola
virus in 1976, formerly served as assistant director of the WHO's
AIDS program. He has headed UNAIDS since its creation in 1995 (UNAIDS
Web site).

Medecins sans Frontieres co-founder Bernard Kouchner, a former French
health minister and U.N. Mission in Kosovo head, said last week that
he is "very interested" in the top position at the WHO (Agence
France-Presse, Sept. 15, UN Wire translation).

Mozambican Prime Minister Pascoal Mocumbi also announced his interest
last week. The former health minister said he would resign from his
current post, which he has held since 1994, if the WHO accepted his
candidacy. The eight-country Community of Portuguese-speaking Coun-
tries announced earlier this month that it is backing Mocumbi (LUSA
Agencia de Noticias, Sept. 20:
http://www.lusa.pt/print.asp?id=4128326 ).

The WHO will nominate a candidate for director general in January, at
the 111th session of its executive board. The election of the new WHO
head will take place in May, at the 56th World Health Assembly.

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