Public debate discussion was held in Geneva on March 6 with the three candidates for Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) nominated by its Executive Board including Ethiopia’s Dr Tedros Adhanom to explore the political leadership and diplomacy that will make a difference in challenging times for global health.He has been named by the Ethiopian government and endorsed by African Union for the top WHO slot while Dr… Sania was nominated by the Pakistan government and David Nabarro by the British government.
The event webcasted and organized by the Global Health Centre at the Graduate Institute, Geneva, in cooperation with the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, the Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations Foundation.
The introduction was delivered by co-chairs Ilona Kickbusch, Director, Global Health Centre, the Graduate Institute, Geneva, and David Heymann, Head, Centre of Global Health Security, Chatham House, while Andrew Jack, Head of Curated Content and Editor, Financial Times, and Diah Saminarsih, Special Adviser to the Minister of Health of Indonesia, served as the moderators.
It was stated that the WHO is selecting its new Director-General at a time when the global order is being challenged. There was a vibrant debate on how the multilateral development system can deliver in an increasingly complex environment and it can spearhead the transformation required to implement the Sustainable Development Goals.
Ethiopia found a good candidate, Dr Tedros Adhanom, for the top WHO post. He is known for his bold and transformational leadership in health sector, high-level experience in government, civil society and multilateral institutions as well as on public health uniquely positions him to drive the reform of the WHO, ensuring its fitness to deal with the health challenges of the 21st century. In every role he has taken on, his defining feature has been his ability to deliver results with high integrity. His skills and experience range across institution-building, public policy, research, advocacy and service delivery and would make him one of the most qualified Director-Generals in the history of the WHO.