Head of WHO to stand downBMJ 2002; 325 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.325.7362.457/a (Published 31 August 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:457
- Gavin Yamey
Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland is to stand down as director general of the World Health Organization (WHO) in July 2003, after only one term.
This will be the first time that a WHO director general has not been in office for at least two consecutive terms.
In an interview with the BMJ immediately after the announcement, she said that her decision reflected the fact that she would be 69 at the end of a second term. “I don't want to get into a situation in my life where …