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Information on the election of WHO Regional Directors

by Public Health Update

The process for electing the Regional Directors of the Eastern Mediterranean (EMR), South East Asia (SEAR) and Wester Pacific (WPR) regions of WHO, respectively, started in Spring 2023. Regional Directors are appointed by the Executive Board, in agreement with the relevant Regional Committee.

The nomination of new Regional Directors will take place at their respective Regional Committees in Fall 2023 (EMR 70th Regional Committee: 9 – 12 October Cairo, Egypt; WPR 74th Regional Committee: 16 – 20 October: Manila – Philippines; SEAR 76th Regional Committee: 30 October – 2 November: New Delhi, India).

The appointment of the Regional Directors will take place at the 154th session of the WHO Executive Board in January 2024.

In the coming weeks, WHO regional offices concerned (EMRO, SEARO and WPRO) will post information on the Regional Director election processes, including the names of the persons proposed for the post of Regional Directors,  on their respective websites:

EMRO – on or after 30 July:


WPRO – on or after 4 August:


SEARO – on or after 18 August:


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