WHO Chief, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Nominated For Re-Election

Ethiopian Minister of Foreign Affairs Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus attends a press conference launching his candidacy to the post of Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), on the sidelines of the WHO’s annual assembly, on May 24, 2016, in Geneva.
Delegates from 194 member-states gather for the second day of the WHO’s annual assembly, with the UN agency’s chief Margaret Chan warning in an opening address that the world was not prepared to cope with a rising threat from infectious diseases. / AFP / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)


World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is set to secure a second term at the helm of the global health agency following his nomination by the WHO Executive Board.



Ghebreyesus’ nomination was confirmed during a procedural vote on Tuesday which made him the sole nominee for the position.


Ghebreyesus acknowledged that his first term was “challenging and difficult” but said he was “very grateful for the renewed support” to continue in the position.


The election of the next director-general of the WHO is scheduled to take place by secret ballot at the 75th World Health Assembly in May.


If successful, Ghebreyesus, who became the first African to head the WHO in 2017, will begin his second five-year term on August 16.


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