Along with other European Union countries, Germany and France have nominated World Health Organisation chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus for a second term as director-general.
This is the first time a candidate for the top job at the WHO has not been nominated by the home country.
Tedros has been in the global spotlight over the last 19 months since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The position, which carries a five-year term, takes place at the WHO’s annual assembly meeting which will be next May.
Formerly a senior official in the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, Tedros served as health minister and foreign minister in the previous Ethiopian government.
After a deadline for candidacies for the director-general post expired yesterday, the diplomatic missions of France and Germany to UN institutions in Geneva announced their support for Tedros on their Twitter feeds.
The WHO does not plan to announce the full list of candidates until November but some suggestions from diplomatic individuals have indicated that he may not have any competition.