Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been handed a second term to lead the World Health Organization (WHO).
Tedros who was the only candidate proposed by all the 28 member states to be the next Director-General was given a green flag on Tuesday at 150th Session of the Executive Board.
This was just a day after Patrick Amoth Chairman of the Executive Board declined the discussion of a dossier by the Ethiopian envoy that was calling for investigation of Tedros on allegations of supporting opponents of the government in Ethiopia.
While this was revealed at the start of the week-long meeting on Monday, when the 34 board members reconvened this afternoon, none objected to the nomination.
In his speech shortly after, the Director-General who’s also the UN agency’s Chief Technical and Administrative Officer pledged transparency noting that this is a sign of a strong organization and can guarantee them more funding.
The new term of office will start on 16 August 2022 and last the next five years.
The election process began when Member States, through a circular letter sent by the WHO Secretariat in April 2021, were invited to submit proposals for candidates for the Director-General position.
By the September 23rd deadline for submission, no new name had been suggested for the position