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New WHO Regional Director-nominee for the Western Pacific

Fifty-ninth session of the WHO Regional Committee for the Western Pacific, 22-26 September, 2008, Manila, Philippines

MANILA, 22 September 2008—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.

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 Tee Ah Sian of Malaysia and Dr Viliami Ta'u Tangi of Tonga. Dr Shin's nomination is subject to confirmation by WHO's global Executive Board next January.

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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.

Dr Shin stands firm on his belief that good health is key to an individual's peace, security and well-being. To achieve this, his strategies encompass nine core concepts:

  • Encourage and promote inter-country activities to enhance harmonious collaboration
  • Identify and disseminate best practices of countries in controlling communicable and noncommunicable diseases, improving child and maternal health; and the health of the elderly
  • Advocate the health rights of travellers, migrants and refugees
  • Expand the coverage of the Western Pacific Region's activities to include other areas affecting health, such as education, and economic development
  • Sustain and build on key areas of WHO's work
  • Ensure that WHO's plans, budget and allocation of human, financial and technical resources reflect organizational priorities
  • Strengthen country offices, decentralize resources, improve knowledge and skills of staff members, and allocate resources where they can be most effective
  • Enhance all existing means of communication and health information systems and establish a round-the-clock communications mechanism
  • Increase transparency in decision-making and resource management to allow Member States to have access to all necessary information and monitoring processes.
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