Opinion Piece Outlines 5 Criteria Next UNAIDS Executive Director Should Fulfill

The Lancet: Offline: Who should lead UNAIDS?
Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of The Lancet

“Who is best qualified to lead an organization — UNAIDS — that has not only suffered severe reputational loss, but also faces threats to its continuing existence? … The next executive director of UNAIDS must fulfill five criteria. First, s/he must have the personal integrity to restore trust and credibility to a damaged organization — and to give governments confidence to invest in the AIDS response. Second, s/he must have proven scientific understanding of the AIDS epidemic in order to be able to use evidence as a platform for political advocacy. Third, s/he must have demonstrable ability to represent and engage with civil society. Fourth, s/he must be able to point to their commitment to key vulnerable populations. And finally, s/he must be able to show transformational leadership of a large organization. The Program Coordinating Board of UNAIDS met in Geneva … and ‘commended the strong competencies of all short-listed candidates.’ After interviews, a Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations will deliver no more than three names to the U.N. Secretary-General, António Guterres. It is no exaggeration to say that his choice may determine the future fate of the AIDS epidemic” (7/6).

The KFF Daily Global Health Policy Report summarized news and information on global health policy from hundreds of sources, from May 2009 through December 2020. All summaries are archived and available via search.

KFF Headquarters: 185 Berry St., Suite 2000, San Francisco, CA 94107 | Phone 650-854-9400
Washington Offices and Barbara Jordan Conference Center: 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005 | Phone 202-347-5270

www.kff.org | Email Alerts: kff.org/email | facebook.com/KFF | twitter.com/kff

The independent source for health policy research, polling, and news, KFF is a nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California.