Press Release (21 September, 2016)
Photo Caption: The High-Level WHO Commission for Health Employment and Economic Growth presented the final report to the United Nations Secretary General, Mr Ban Ki Moon at the United Nations Head Quarters on 20 September . Seen in the photo, top row from right to left: Commissioners Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, President of South Africa; Ms Susana Malcorra, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina; Mr George K Werner, Minister of Education, Liberia; Dr Alaa Murabit, Founder of The Libyan Voice ; Dr Judith Shamian, President of the International Council of Nurses; Prof. Muhammad 2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate; Ms Rosa Pavanelli, General-Secretary of Public Services International and Herman Gröhe, Federal Minister of Health, Germany.
Bottom row from right to left: co-vice chair, Mr Guy Ryder, Director-General, International Labour Organization(ILO); H.E. Mr Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa,, Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO);H.E. Mr François Hollande, President of France, Mr Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
President Hollande of France and President Zuma of South Africa, Co-Chairs of High Level WHO Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth presented its final report to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Head Quarters on September 20. Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is a member of this High Level WHO Commission appointed by the UN Secretary General.
On March 2 of this year, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of a Commission on Health Employment and Economic Growth tasked with proposing actions to redress inequities, and stimulate and guide the creation of health and social sector jobs for inclusive economic growth.
Nobel Laureate Professor Muhammad Yunus is one of the commissioners invited by the Director General of WHO Dr Margaret Chan to join the Commission to provide a balance of policy, technical and geographical expertise for the report. Other commissioners include Nobel Laureate in Economics Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Dr Judith Shamian, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson, African Union Commission, Dr Margaret Chan, Director General of WHO, Ángel Gurría, Secretary General of the OECD and Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
The report was formally handed over to the Secretary General in a formal ceremony in the presence of all members of the Commission at a special meeting convened at UN Headquarters on September 20 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.