The top of the World Well being Group, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus — who has develop into the face of the company’s battle in opposition to the pandemic — will run for a second time period, Stat Information reported Monday.
The 56-year-old former Ethiopian well being minister and minister of international affairs has not mentioned publicly whether or not or not he plans to hunt one other time period.
However an unnamed supply near Tedros informed the US well being information web site that the director-general intends to face for re-election when his time period expires subsequent yr.
When contacted by AFP, the WHO didn’t say whether or not Tedros would certainly run for a second time period, solely that the nomination interval opened final month.
“Member states could nominate candidates between now and September,” the company mentioned in an electronic mail.
“All proposals are despatched in sealed envelopes to the Chair of the Govt Board and are strictly confidential till opened sooner or later,” it added.
Tedros was elected as the pinnacle of WHO in 2017, turning into the primary African to ever take the helm of the UN well being company.
WHO director-generals could serve a most of two five-year phrases, and have to be elected by WHO member states every time.
Tedros was thrust onto the worldwide stage with quite a lot of high-profile well being emergencies — most notably the Covid pandemic, but additionally a number of contemporary Ebola outbreaks within the Democratic Republic of Congo and in West Africa.
The WHO has discovered itself on the coronary heart of efforts to coordinate the worldwide pandemic response.
Its dealing with of the disaster has been broadly praised, however has additionally met harsh criticism from some quarters, and particularly from the administration of former US president Donald Trump.
Trump accused the organisation of being a puppet to China and commenced withdrawing america from the organisation in protest — a call instantly rescinded by President Joe Biden when he took workplace in January.
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