Philippe Douste-Blazy

French physician and politician

Philippe Douste-Blazy is a French cardiologist, politician, and former minister of culture and foreign minister of France. He was the mayor of Lourdes from 1989–2000 and Toulouse from 2001–2004. Since 2008, Douste-Blazy has been a special adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Innovative Financing for Development. Douste-Blazy is also responsible for organizing the first World Conference of Non-Governmental Donors, which seeks to raise funds to facilitate the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. In 2017, Douste-Blazy’s name appeared on the shortlist of candidates for director general of the World Health Organization.

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