Practically 20 EU international locations again Tedros’ second time period as WHO chief

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus addresses the media in Geneva: Picture: AFP/Fabrice Coffrimi.
  • In 2017, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu turned the primary African to go the highly effective UN company.
  • The 56-year-old has been on the entrance line because the begin of the COVID-19 disaster, making him one of the acquainted faces within the battle towards the pandemic.
  • Tedros’ nomination by EU international locations comes as a shock, as most observers predicted that official help would come from African nations.

GENEVA: Practically 20 European Union international locations nominated Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a second time period as head of the World Well being Organisation, shortly earlier than the deadline handed on Thursday.

WHO member states had till 1600 GMT to appoint candidates. Germany introduced on Wednesday that it was proposing Tedros, who seems to be the one candidate within the operating.

Different EU nations adopted Berlin’s lead and backed the Ethiopian former well being and international minister, diplomatic sources instructed AFP.

Every nation, amongst them Austria, France, Portugal and Spain, submitted a sealed envelope to the Geneva-based WHO.

The organisation is not going to open the envelopes earlier than October 1. Then, a number of weeks later, the record of candidates shall be despatched to the WHO’s 194 member states, earlier than being made public.

In 2017, Tedros turned the primary African to go the highly effective UN company.

The 56-year-old has been on the entrance line because the begin of the COVID-19 disaster, making him one of the acquainted faces within the battle towards the pandemic.

At a information convention on Wednesday, when requested by AFP to verify he was operating for a second time period, Tedros declined to reply.

His nomination by European international locations comes as a shock, as most observers predicted that official help would come from African nations.

Tedros is comparatively in style resulting from his position in steering the WHO’s efforts to coordinate the tumultuous world pandemic response.

However his candidacy turned difficult after Ethiopia allegedly withdrew its help over the battle in his dwelling area of Tigray.

Candidates for the UN well being physique’s prime slot are typically nominated by their dwelling international locations.

Tedros drew the ire of the Addis Ababa authorities by utilizing the WHO platform to sentence the crackdown in Tigray.

If a number of candidates come ahead, a range course of will begin in January 2022 to determine a shortlist of as much as 5 potential directors-general.

Member states will vote for the subsequent head of WHO — whose time period begins in August subsequent yr — in a secret poll in Might in the course of the World Well being Meeting, the WHO’s fundamental annual assembly of member states.

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