WHO – Margaret Chan, new term as head of the World Health Organization (24.05.12)

France welcomes the re-election of Ms. Margaret Chan as head of the World Health Organization. We offer her our warmest congratulations and assure her of our support for her new 5-year term.

Her re-election is evidence of the renewed trust in her extensive leadership skills, as well as in her determination to strengthen the WHO, the moral authority that defends international standards and core human values.

Ms. Chan has, since taking up office, been able to give fresh impetus to the Organization by initiating a process of reforms. France supports the Director-General and her determination to refocus on the fundamental principles of global public health: primary health care, access to essential medicines and universal health coverage.