In May 2017 a new director general of the World Health Organization will be elected—one of the world’s most critical appointments. The process is long and highly political.
This election is more open and transparent than any previous. Traditionally, the WHO's executive board (34 individuals, nominated by member states on a 3 year tenure) would decide on the director general. Now the board have whittled candidates down to a short-list of 3, and member states will vote on their favourite.
Those three finalists are Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Sania Nishtar, and David Nabarro.
The three finalists have each set out their vision for the WHO if they are elected as the next director general.
The Graduate Insitutue for Internation and Development Studies, recently hosted a debate with the three final candidates (available in English, French and Spanish)
At that event, The BMJ asked delegates about the election process, and what future challenges the director general will face.
Fiona Godlee, editor in chief of The BMJ, and Suerie Moon, policy director at the Global Health Centre of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, have interviewed the six candidates—the questions asked were based on the recent publication in The BMJ of Ilona Kickbusch et al's analysis paper "How to choose the world’s top health diplomat".
The unsuccessful candidates