November 21, 2011
It seems that Margaret Chan (陳馮富珍), current Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), will continue her work in the absence of any other candidate for the position. Chan was elected in the 2006 election in a process with 13 other applicants. However, the current poll has found no competition.
The deadline for nominations for the post of Director General of WHO expired on November 15, 2011. The Chairman of the Board, Mr. Rahhal The Makkaoui, opened the sealed envelopes for applications on 16 November and now has informed Member States that there has been a single nomination, that of Dr Margaret Chan, whose name has been proposed by China.
The 194 Member States have been able to field candidates from 4th July until November 15, 2011. The WHO Secretariat will translate the proposal and resume to the six official languages (Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, French, English and Russian), and transmit them to all countries by 15 December.
The Executive Board will meet in Geneva from 16 to 23 January 2012 and will decide by vote whether or not to propose a candidate for the Health Assembly. The Assembly, which will meet from 21 to 26 May, makes the final decision on the appointment of the next Director General of WHO.
Margaret Chan, who charges more than 170,000 euros per year for leading the WHO, is a doctor and began her career in the field of public health in 1978. Her election in 2006 led China for the first time, to be in charge of a responsible position in one of the most important bodies of the UN.
“I have the commitment, passion and humility to put at the service of all members of the organization and achieve many accomplishments towards global health,” she said then. However, her tenure has been punctuated by some controversy.
For the management of influenza A, the agency was accused of lacking transparency and promote the interests of pharmaceutical companies, which Chan refused.
There have also been cases of “financial mismanagement” problem in some countries with funds of the institution.
But the crisis of credibility is not the only one that affects the WHO, which is not unrelated to the economic downturn. After removing 300 jobs, Chan has confirmed that WHO is going to embark on more ambitious financial reform.