Dr. Harsh Vardhan to take charge as WHO Executive Board Chairman

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Dr. Harsh Vardhan would succeed Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board

Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan is all set to lead the WHO (World Health Organisation) Executive Board from May 22. 

He would succeed Dr. Hiroki Nakatani of Japan, currently the Chairman of the 34-member WHO Executive Board.

As per reports, The proposal to appoint India’s nominee to the executive board was signed by the 194-nation World Health Assembly on Tuesday, officials said on condition of anonymity.

The development comes after WHO’s South-East Asia group had unanimously decided last year that India would be elected to the Executive Board for a span of three years beginning Friday, with its nominee being appointed as the Chairman for the first year.

The WHO is governed by two decision-making bodies — the World Health Assembly and the Executive Board. The agency’s headquarters are located at Geneva in Switzerland.

According to the WHO website, the Board is composed of 34 members technically qualified in the field of health, with members being elected for three-year terms. The Health Assembly is the WHO’s decision-making body and consists of 194 Member States.

After the end of his one year tenure as WHA chairman, Dr. Vardhan will continue to remain a member of the Assembly for two more years and will also have a say in shortlisting the next WHO director-general.

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