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Bulletin of the World Health Organization

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Bull World Health Organ vol.80 n.2 Genebra Jan. 2002 

WHO appoints envoy for health, peace and development

On 18 January Baroness Emma Nicholson was named World Health Organization Envoy on Health, Peace and Development for WHO's Eastern Mediterranean Region (which includes Afghanistan, the Arabian Peninsula, northern Africa and Pakistan). Emma Nicholson is currently Vice President of the European Parliament's Committee for Foreign Affairs, Human Rights, Common Defence and Security Policy. As WHO Envoy her task will be to promote health as a means of peace and development, and advise WHO on particular health needs in this context. She has made several visits to Afghanistan and Iran in recent months. She accepted the position at a meeting with WHO's Director-General Dr Gro Harlem Brundtland, and its Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. The latter, Dr Hussein Gezairy, stressed the urgency of the health needs of the Afghan people, both inside the country and outside it as refugees. "The voice and experience of Baroness Nicholson will be an important contribution to our efforts," he said.

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