WHO Director General Candidates Showcase Campaigns to the World

by Peter Kenny
Intellectual Property Watch, 7 March 2017

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It has been a gruelling campaign for the three final candidates for the post of director general of the World Health Organization and their latest public foray was dubbed a “moderated discussion.” The event was organised on 6 March by the Global Health Centre at Geneva’s Graduate Institute, in cooperation with the Centre on Global Health Security at Chatham House, The Rockefeller Foundation and the United Nations Foundation. Each of the three remaining candidates: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Ethiopia), Sania Nishtar (Pakistan) and David Nabarro (United Kingdom) have had to take time off their normal jobs to campaign in front of their peers and the public. Each candidate began with a three-minute outline of their political leadership vision for running the world health body. In many instances, each of the three supported the same points and it is clear that for three exceptionally qualified candidates the choice may largely come down to management style.

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