by Lawrence O Gostin and Eric A Friedman
The Lancet – Published: 27 January 2017
Three candidates to be the next WHO Director-General remain: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, David Nabarro, and Sania Nishtar. The World Health Assembly’s ultimate choice will lead an organisation facing daunting internal and external challenges, from its own funding shortfalls to antimicrobial resistance and immense health inequities. The new Director-General must transform WHO into a 21st century institution guided by the right to health. Topping the incoming Director-General’s agenda will be a host of growing threats – risks to global health security, antimicrobial resistance, non-communicable diseases, and climate change – but also the transformative potential of the Sustainable Development Goals, including their universal health coverage target.