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Reasons for Seeking the Role

What Dr Nabarro would bring to the role of Director-General of the World Health Organization.

A clear vision - health underpins global security

Dr Nabarro’s different roles have deepened his conviction that health is inextricably linked with the three pillars on which the United Nations was founded: peace and security, human rights and development.

As a specialised agency within the UN system, the World Health Organization has a vital role to play. Not only to ensure that all people attain the highest possible level of health, but also to ensure that the attainment of health contributes to global peace and prosperity.

A lifetime spent tackling complex global challenges

For over 40 years Dr Nabarro has served in International Public Health as a practitioner in communities, as an educator, as an international public servant and as a diplomat.

In the past decade, he has been appointed by successive Secretaries-General of the United Nations to manage the most complex and urgent challenges of our time. These include ending malnutrition, promoting food security, combating the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, generating global momentum for sustainable development and advancing international action on climate change. Presently he advises the UN Global Health Crisis Task Force and leads the UN response to Cholera in Haiti.

An inclusive and accountable style of leadership

Dr Nabarro leads through bringing different groups of stakeholders together and ensuring that they work in support of sub-national and national authorities.

He encourages actions based on analyses of evidence and the development of common understanding, respect for different points of view and structured dialogue. He seeks to maintain spaces in which standards are developed, principles are established and procedures are agreed. He encourages partnering that maximises the contributions of different actors in a transparent and accountable way.

Experience in managing organisational change

Global Health leadership is vital and must be earned. Threats of, and responses to, ill health do not respect national boundaries.

People everywhere need to be confident that leadership exists, covers the world and functions in their interest. Leadership should engage people whose health is most at risk: their voices should be heard and actions should empower them to enjoy better health. The World Health Organization is called on to advance global health in ways that help nations and their people face up to health challenges. To do this they expect the WHO to function as a single well-integrated organisation that works on behalf of, and for the future of, all people in the world. Dr Nabarro has experience in designing and leading organisational change. For example, between 2015 and 2016 he served as chair of an Expert Group advising the WHO Director-General on the WHO’s work in relation to disease outbreaks and health emergencies. In 1999 he assisted the WHO Director-General to introduce results-based management across the organisation. He has the capabilities needed to help WHO evolve as the undisputed leader for human health security throughout the world.