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7th April 2023

Hon. Chris Fearne Nominated for WHO Assembly Presidency

Malta’s Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne has been nominated for the presidency of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) assembly, the decision-making body of the organization. Fearne has been described as having “a wealth of experience in public health, health promotion, and health diplomacy” and is well-respected in international health circles.

Chris Fearne’s nomination welcomed by various Maltese and international health organizations

The minister during his keynote address at the Med-Tech World Europe Summit (2022).

If elected, Fearne would become the first Maltese person to hold the position, which oversees the implementation of WHO policies and programs. He would also be the first Maltese politician to hold such a high-profile international position. Fearne has stated that he intends to use his experience and expertise to advocate for better health outcomes for all, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.

Fearne has been instrumental in Malta’s successful response to the COVID-19 pandemic, implementing a number of measures to contain the virus and ensure the health and safety of the Maltese people. He has also been a vocal advocate for vaccine equity, calling for fair distribution of vaccines across the globe.

The nomination comes at a crucial time for the WHO, which has faced criticism over its handling of the pandemic and its relationship with China. Fearne’s nomination is seen as a positive development for the organization, which is seeking to rebuild its reputation and strengthen its leadership.

In addition to his work in public health, Fearne is also a qualified doctor, having trained in Malta and the UK. He has also served as a Member of Parliament in Malta since 2013, and has held a number of other government positions.

Overall, Chris Fearne’s nomination for the presidency of the WHO’s assembly is seen as a positive development for both Malta and the organization as a whole. His experience and expertise in public health, combined with his leadership skills and diplomatic experience, make him a strong candidate for the position. If elected, Fearne has the potential to make a significant contribution to global health, particularly in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Catch the Honourable Minister’s keynote address at the Med-Tech World Europe Summit 2022 below.