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Human rights & the election of the next WHO director-general: Public accountability now

18 Mar

Posted by The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
by Eric A. Friedman, O’Neill Institute for National & Global Health Law
 

I believe that human rights, and the right to health in particular, should be a top priority of and guiding principle for the next WHO Director-General, whom the world’s health ministers will choose at the World Health Assembly in May. Human rights, after all, encompass the values needed to achieve health for all and health justice, such as equity, non-discrimination, universality, participation, and accountability. They are legally binding precepts. Above all, they embrace human dignity, and the utmost respect for all people in health systems and health-related decisions. They embody the notion of people-centered health services.
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No to Dr. Tedros Adhanom as next WHO director-general! PART I

23 Jan

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

“The extension to all peoples of the benefits of medical, psychological and related knowledge is essential to the fullest attainment of health.”

Principle 7, WHO Constitution
 
The purpose of this article is to impress on the 34-member Executive Board (EB) of the World Health Organization (WHO) and plead with the membership not to entrust the next leadership of this singular and vitally important United Nations specialized agency in the health field into the hands of Dr. Tedros Adhanom. The board begins its ten-day 140th session this Monday January 23, 2017 at its headquarters in Geneva, one of its agenda items being the selection of the director-general and the modalities of the processes thereon.
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Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s presentation of his vision for WHO at Geneva, an embarrassing moment for Ethiopia

5 Nov

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

Frankly speaking, the usually lucid (I did not say truthful) former Ethiopian foreign minister and now its candidate for the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general post Dr. Tedros Adhanom’s vision was badly attacked on November 1, 2016 during presentation of his vision at the Geneva WHO-organized Candidates Forum. He became a laughingstock amongst representatives of 34 nations, members of the Executive Board in the conference room.
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Latest USAID Ethiopia mission exposes WHO candidate Tedros Adhanom’s integrity problems

22 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

In his renowned book The New Diplomacy: International Affairs in the Modern Age (1983), former Israeli foreign minister Abba Eban travels far in time and the exquisite in style to find his definition of diplomacy. At a prominent point in his book, he quotes an 18th century French writer by the name Le Trosne, who once had described diplomacy as:

“an obscure art which hides itself in the folds of deceit, which fears to let itself be seen and believes it can exist only in the darkness of mystery.”

That may not certainly be the case. Its acceptance also is a harsh verdict against so many renowned diplomats with great achievements. Sadly, however, two hundred-thirty-nine years later Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom seems to be improvising Le Tronse’s essence of diplomacy. Hence, all that the World Health Organization (WHO) director-general post candidate has to do is tinker with the latter part of the French writer’s description of diplomacy, i.e., expunging the last six words – ‘only in the darkness of mystery’ – and replacing them with “by consistent lies and self-replicating fogginess.”
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TPLF lacks moral & political credibility to nominate candidate to WHO’s Director-General post

12 Oct

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)
 

Ethiopia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) since 2013, re-elected in October 2015 and an incoming member of the United Nations Security Council as of January 2017 is no longer a credible member of the international community.
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Africans need an AU chair with ethical and moral authority

11 Aug

Editor’s Note:

    We are grateful to L. Muthoni Wanyeki for her excellent article, which has addressed a lingering and primary regional crisis in Africa’s governance.

    In particular since the Organization of African Union’s (OAU) transition into the African Union (AU), we have known only AU commission chairpersons to date that either are inept, or corrupt, or spineless floor mats to dictators, officials without principles and incapable of dealing with crooked African leaders, etc.
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Deny murderous & repressive TPLF regime seat at UN Security Council!

5 Jun

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

A little over twenty days from now, the United Nations General Assembly at its resumed 70th session is scheduled to elect five states members to serve on the Security Council a two year term as non-permanent members. Beginning January 1, 2017, the elected five states would join the other 10 in the Council to preside over the question of international peace and security and the dangers of war wherever, in accordance with the United Nations Charter.
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Year-long electoral processes of the next WHO director-general begin: Does our Teddy stand any chance?

25 Apr

By Keffyalew Gebremedhin, The Ethiopia Observatory (TEO)

On April 22, 2016, WHO announced that its process to elect its next director-general has just begun. Accordingly, as of last Friday, Member States have been advised to nominate candidates to head the global public health body.
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