UN Health Agency Members Pick South Korean to Lead World Health Organization
January 28, 2003
A little-known tuberculosis expert from South Korea was elected Tuesday to head the World Health Organization. Jong-wook Lee edged Peter Piot, the Belgian head of UNAIDS, by two votes after a closely fought race. Lee, who heads the WHO's Stop TB Program, received 17 votes to Piot's 15 in balloting among the 32-member WHO executive committee. Lee gained a reputation as an efficient administrator during 19 years of climbing through the ranks of WHO. He will replace former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, who is stepping down in July after five years as head of WHO. The executive board's decision is subject to approval by the full World Health Assembly in May.Adapted from:
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