The United Nations has announced that Shin Young-Soo of South Korea has been elected as the new director for the Western Pacific region of the World Health Organisation.
Shin, 64, a professor at Seoul National University College of Medicine, will serve a five-year term that begins February 1, 2009. He replaces Japan's Shigeru Omi, who is winding up his second five-year term.
Shin was chosen over Viliami Ta'u Tangi, the concurrent deputy prime minister and health minister of Tonga, and Tee Ah Sian of Malaysia, who is head of the communicable diseases section of WHO Western Pacific.
The WHO regional committee is currently meeting in Manila.