New WHO Regional Director-nominee for the Western Pacific

2008-09-23 18:51 1204

Fifty-ninth Session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific

22-26 September, 2008, Manila, Philippines

MANILA, Philippines, Sept. 23 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Dr Shin Young-Soo of the Republic of Korea was today nominated to be the World Health Organization’s next Regional Director for the Western Pacific.

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The Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, WHO’s governing body in the Region, nominated Dr Shin at its annual meeting here.

Dr Shin is scheduled to take up his new post on 1 February 2009, succeeding Dr Shigeru Omi, 59, who has served as the Western Pacific’s Regional Director for the past 10 years.

Dr Shin was elected over Dr Viliami Ta’u Tangi of Tonga. In an earlier round of voting, Dr Tee Ah Sian of Malaysia of was eliminated. Dr Shin’s nomination is subject to confirmation by WHO’s global Executive Board next January.

Dr Shin Young-Soo of the Republic of Korea

Dr Shin, 64, is currently Professor at the College of Medicine, Seoul National University.

With over three decades of public service, Dr Shin has made significant contributions to health-related organizations at global, regional and national levels.

Dr Shin said that under his leadership, WHO would pursue health protection and promotion measures that would take into consideration the cultural, economic and geographical diversity of countries in the Region.

Source: World Health Organisation