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Title: Nomination of the Regional Director Note by the Legal Counsel
Authors: Regional Committee for Africa, 54
Issue Date: 2004
Publisher: WHO. Regional Office for Africa
Place of publication: Brazzaville
Language: English
Abstract: The purpose of this document is to provide background information and a summary of the Regional Committee’s role in the nomination of the Regional Director for Africa. 2. Article 52 of the WHO Constitution provides that “the head of the regional office shall be the Regional Director appointed by the Board in agreement with the regional committee.” Article 52 has been implemented in WHO in the following manner. The Regional Committee for each region has adopted rules of procedure governing how it nominates a candidate to the post of Regional Director. In the case of the African Region, this procedure is set forth in Rule 52 of the Rules of Procedure of the Regional Committee (attached herewith as Annex 1). The Rules of Procedure of the Executive Board set out how the Board then decides on the appointment of a person thus nominated by a Regional Committee. The Board’s Rules of Procedure provide that the term of office of a person appointed as Regional Director shall be five years, renewable once only. 3. The Regional Committee for Africa at its fifty-third session in September 2003 amended Rule 52 of its Rules of Procedure while, at the same time, reaffirming the validity of the criteria for nomination to the post of Regional Director it had previously adopted at its forty-eighth session in 1998 (see Annex 2). The amendments were adopted after the Regional Committee decided not to establish a search committee to evaluate candidates, but rather to develop a procedure for drawing up a short list of candidates for subsequent interview, using as point of reference the procedure followed by the Executive Board at its one-hundred-and-eleventh session in January 2003 for the appointment of the Director-General.
Description: Regional Committee for Africa Fifty-fourth Session Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, 30 August–3 September 2004: Provisional agenda item 7
Subject: World Health Organization
Organization and Administration
Regional Health Planning
Gov't Doc #: AFR/RC54/INF/DOC.1
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