New Process for DG Election

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New Process for DG Election


The process to elect a new Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has started with a new code of conduct, new forums for candidates to interact with Member States and a new electronic voting system to promote transparency and fairness.

The race began on 22 April, when WHO's 194 Member States were invited to propose candidates. Their proposals will be made public on 23 September.

In October, officials from Member States will be given the opportunity to ask the candidates questions and have virtual discussions with them in a protected web forum hosted on the WHO website. It will be broadcast through a protected website for representatives of Member States and Associate Members who cannot attend.

The candidates will then be invited to present their vision in person to representatives of WHO Member States and Associate Members and answer questions during a candidates' forum of a maximum of three days in November held at WHO headquarters.

Using a new electronic voting system, WHO's Executive Board will draw up a short list of up to five candidates in January 2017 based on one or more secret ballots. …

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