Former UK PM Gordon Brown appointed WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

Former UK PM Gordon Brown appointed WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing

The World Health Organization announced today the nomination of Gordon Brown, a former British Prime Minister, as WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing. Mr Brown is often credited for averting a second Great Depression during his 2009 London G20 presidency. He persuaded international leaders to invest an additional $1.1 trillion to reestablishing credit, growth, and employment in order to assist the global economy in overcoming the global financial crisis.

More recently, Mr Brown has worked relentlessly to secure fair distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, calling for a concerted global effort grounded in science and solid economics to save lives, halt the epidemic, and restore livelihoods globally.

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus commended Mr Brown as a champion for mobilising the world's big economies to preserve public health and avert future disease outbreaks.

“I am happy and honoured that Gordon Brown has agreed to serve as the WHO Ambassador for Global Health Financing,” Dr Tedros stated. He will elevate and support WHO's efforts to promote public awareness of the critical need for sustained global health financing, notably among the G20 and G7 countries. As a lifelong friend of Gordon's, I am confident that he will bring to this Ambassadorship his sharp intellect, unwavering dedication, and strong sense of justice.”

Mr Brown stated, "I have enormous personal respect for Dr Tedros, with whom I first worked two decades ago, and I am thrilled to be able to assist him and the WHO in raising global money to ensuring that everyone has access to health." Our immediate objective is to collaborate to finance global immunisation and to protect the world's poorest countries from the heinous impacts of COVID-19 and other diseases.”