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North Korea Given Leading Role in World Health Organisation


Every member of the Exec Board now shares the same ideology.


At the annual gathering of WHO member states, Kim Jong Un’s North Korea won a seat on the WHO Executive Board. UN Watch reveals.


The Communist state that is excluded from the UN security council has been given a leading seat on the World Health Organisation's executive board. UN Watch reports:


“What this means is that one of the world’s most horrific regimes is now a part of a group that sets and enforces the standards and norms for the global governance of health care."


It is an absurd episode for a key U.N. agency that is in much need of self-reflection and reform,” said Hillel Neuer, Executive Director of UN Watch, an independent non-governmental human rights group in Geneva.

“A seat on the Executive Board provides North Korea with a vote on the appointment of the WHO’s six regional directors, and potentially on an eventual replacement for Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director General now serving his second and final term.”

"North Korea was elected in a slate with the other nominees by a secret ballot: 123 nations voting yes, 13 abstentions and 6 spoiled ballots; 35 countries were absent. Normally the elections are by consensus, but Russia challenged Ukraine’s nomination, and so a vote was held."

“The right signal from the U.N. to the North Korean regime would be an overdue referral to the International Criminal Court, and a call to investigate and prosecute Kim Jon Un’s heinous crimes against humanity – not an election to an organisation that sets the standards for global health,” said Neuer.


The WHO state: The Executive Board is composed of 34 technically qualified members elected for three-year terms. The annual Board meeting is held in January when the members agree upon the agenda for the World Health Assembly and the resolutions to be considered by the Health Assembly. A second shorter meeting takes place in May-June, as a follow-up to the Health Assembly. The main functions of the Board are to implement the decisions and policies of the Health Assembly, and advise and generally to facilitate its work.


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