WHO Director-General Election Update
In September, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a shortlist of six nominees for the position of WHO Director-General. On November 3, five of the six candidates sat down at Chatham House in London, UK for a public Q&A session. They were tasked by the live audience and participants via Twitter, to put forward their vision on a number of issues, including: gender parity; research and development; private sector engagement in health; and achieving Universal Health Coverage. Three final candidates will convene again for a debate on March 6, 2017. Read more about the WHO Director-General election process.

Highlights from the APHA Annual Meeting and Expo
GHC member the American Public Health Association  (APHA) recently concluded its annual meeting and public health expo. This year, the four-day event took place in Denver, Colorado and focused on ensuring the right to health. There were various panels and sessions over the course of the event, which featured experts from leading organizations, including: Public Health Institute, Chemonics, and Women in Global Health. Visit the APHA Annual Meeting Blog to catch up on all of the major highlights, or view recordings of the intriguing conversations on APHA TV.

MSH at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research
On November 14, GHC member Management Sciences for Health (MSH) will lead a session on leadership, management and governance at the Global Symposium on Health Systems Research in Vancouver, Canada. The interactive session – From Intuition to Evidence – will feature highlights from the Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) Project. The LMG Project is an initiative funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which seeks to strengthen health systems to deliver more responsive services to more people. It builds on 30 years of the best thinking and practices from organizational development to empower health leaders, managers, and teams to meet and master their most pressing challenges. Register to attend the event.

Paris Agreement Enters into Force
The Paris Agreement – a landmark global resolution on combating Climate Change – officially took effect on November 4. The deal, which has taken two decades to negotiate, was signed by 171 countries in April 2016. Next week, world leaders will meet in Marrakesh, Morocco to discuss their various pledges and action plans on reducing carbon emissions and controlling temperature rise to meet the ambitious targets laid out in the accord. The document consists of both legally binding and nonbinding provisions that will guide the process for universal action. Read more.