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The WHO's Executive Board has nominated Dr Margaret Chan for a second term as Director-General of the Organization. This nomination will be submitted for approval to the 65th World Health Assembly, scheduled to meet in Geneva from 21–26 May 2012. If confirmed by the World Health Assembly, Dr Chan's new term will begin on 1 July 2012 and continue until 30 June 2017.

ICN welcomes the appointment of Dr Ala Alwan as the new WHO Regional Director for WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region, starting 1 February 2012. Dr Alwan is a native of Iraq. From 2008 until the end of 2011, he was Assistant Director-General for Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at WHO Headquarters, where he led WHO's work that resulted in the adoption by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2011 of the Political Declaration on the Prevention and Control of Noncommunicable Diseases.

Last Updated on Thursday, 02 February 2012 10:33