Margaret Chan confident on running for WHO chief
Updated: 2006-08-02 22:26 The candidate for
Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Margaret Chan, said
Wednesday that she becomes more confident with the support from China's central
government as well as the government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative
Chan, serving as World Health
Organization Assistant Director-General for Communicable Diseases now, held a
press conference Wednesday afternoon before departing for Geneva. She said she
had met with HKSAR Chief Executive Donald Tsang, Hong Kong Secretary for Health,
Welfare and Food York Chow and professional colleagues for their advice on the
Former health director
Margaret Chan Fung Fu-chun speaks during a news conference in Hong Kong
August 2, 2006. China gave its backing for Chan to run for the top post at
the World Health Organisation.
Chan said she felt actually a bit nervous on knowing she was backed by the
central government as the candidate for the position of WHO Director-General.
However, the central government's full support and close coordination from the
government of HKSAR has heighten her confidence.
Chan stressed twice that she will do her utmost to live up to everyone's
Chan added that she would become "an international civil servant" if elected
as the Director-General of WHO. "I have to demonstrate that I will be fair,
open, transparent and deal with the issues on these merits."
China announced on July 25 that it would recommend Margaret Dr. Chan to run
for WHO Director-General, a post that will be elected by the Executive Board of
WHO in November.
In 1994, Dr. Chan was appointed as the first female Director of Health in
Hong Kong and gained a wealth of experience in combating infectious diseases
like avian influenza and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS).
In 2003, she joined WHO and worked as WHO's Director of the Department of
Protection of the Human Environment. In June 2005, she was appointed as Director
of Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Response as well as Representative of
the Director-General for Pandemic Influenza.