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APPOINTMENTS AND DEPARTURES

This page was updated on: 01/13/10

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DECEMBER

 

JAN FABRE APPOINTED UNESCO WATER AMBASSADOR

The Belgium choreographer and artist Jan Fabre and his ensemble Troubleyn have been appointed Cultural Ambassadors of UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft for five years. Jan Fabre/Troubleyn will carry and spread the message of UNESCO-IHE through their performances around the world. UNESCO statement, 28 November 2005.

 

NEW HEADS OF BIODIVERSITY CONVENTION, WWF INTERNATIONAL TAKE HELM

Ahmed Djoghlaf of Algeria is about to take charge on 1 January 2006 as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity, while American James P. Leape has officially taken over as the new Director General of WWF International. More information on James P. Leape’s appointment and more information on Ahmed Djoghlaf.

 

LOUISE FRÉCHETTE TO LEAVE UN, JOIN RESEARCH CENTER

UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette will be leaving her post in New York in April 2006 to take up a new appointment as Distinguished Fellow at the Center for International Governance Innovation in Waterloo, Canada. Her most recent role at the UN has been in coordinating the preparation for the Secretary-General’s proposals for implementing comprehensive United Nations management reform. Ms. Fréchette joined the UN in 1998, and was previously Canada’s Deputy Minister of National Defense. Her new post will involve chairing a two-year research project on nuclear energy. UN announcement, 16 December 2005.

 

NOVEMBER

 

DIOUF RE-ELECTED TO THIRD TERM AS FAO HEAD

Jacques Diouf has been re-elected to serve a third six-year term as Director-General of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization. He was first elected FAO Director-General in November 1993. His third term will run until 2011. FAO news release, November 2005.

 

RACE TO SUCCEED TOPFER HEATS UP

The race to succeed Klaus Töpfer as head of the UN Environment Programme has intensified, with several new names entering the field. In mid-2005, Töpfer announced his intention to step down as Executive Director in 2006, fuelling speculation over who might replace him. The Pakistani government has reportedly proposed Töpfer’s deputy, Shafkat Kakakhel. Other names to have surfaced in connection with the job include Jan Pronk of the Netherlands, Norwegian Environment Minister Børge Brende, and other candidates from South Africa, Mexico, India and Ecuador.

 

OCTOBER

 

JOKE WALLER-HUNTER PASSES AWAY

 

BUSINESS EXECUTIVE TO RUN CANADA’S “CLEAN FUND”

A former energy industry executive has been appointed to run the Canadian government’s “Clean Fund,” according to media reports. Allan Amey has worked in the energy sector for the past two decades, and now heads Climate Change Central, an Alberta-based agency. The government is hoping that the Clean Fund can take a leading in supporting cost-effective ways to cut emissions. Canadian Press report, October 2005.

 

ANNAN NAMES SPECIAL ADVISER ON THE GLOBAL COMPACT

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has tapped Klaus Leisinger, the President and CEO of the Novartis Foundation for Sustainable Development, as his Special Adviser on the Global Compact. The Compact is a voluntary initiative that encourages businesses to embrace responsible corporate citizenship principles in their operations. UN News Release, 5 October 2005.

 

JAPAN’S YUKIYA AMINO TO CHAIR UN ATOMIC AGENCY

Yukiya Amano of Japan has been elected as the new Chair of the Board of Governors for the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency for 2005-2006. He succeeds Canada’s Ingrid Hall. The Agency addresses issues ranging from nuclear weapons proliferation to power plant safety. UN announcement, 4 October 2005.

 

BEAT NOBS APPOINTED AMBASSADOR TO NEW ZEALAND

Ambassador Beat Nobs, who headed the International Affairs Division at the Swiss Agency for the Environment, Forests, and Landscape, has been appointed Switzerland’s Ambassador to New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Tonga. Ambassador Nobs has been involved over many years in numerous multilateral environmental processes, heading the Swiss delegation on multiple occasions, and chairing a considerable number of meetings, committees, and contact groups. He succeeds Sylvie Matteucci-Keller in the Wellington-based post. More information (in French).

 

SEPTEMBER

 

SOUTH AFRICA TO CHAIR GROUP OF 77

South Africa has accepted the nomination to chair the Group of 77 and China in 2006. The country will succeed Jamaica, which is chairing the Group in 2005. More information, 22 September 2005.

 

WHO ANNOUNCES SENIOR APPOINTMENTS

The World Health Organization has appointed Anarfi Asamoah-Baah of Ghana as Assistant Director-General for the HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria cluster, and Margaret Chan of China to be Assistant Director-General for the Communicable Diseases cluster. More information.

 

ABDOULIE JANNEH TO HEAD ECONOMIC COMMISSION FOR AFRICA

Abdoulie Janneh of the Gambia has been announced as the new Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Janneh was previously UNDP Regional Director for Africa. More information (20 September 2005).

 

AUGUST

 

WRI SELECTS FOUR NEW BOARD MEMBERS

The World Resources Institute (WRI) has elected four new members to its board of directors: Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the former president of Brazil; Al Gore, the former vice president of the United States; Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the minister of finance for Nigeria; and Lee Thomas, president and chief operating officer of Georgia-Pacific Corporation and former administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency. WRI news release, 18 August 2005.

 

SEBASTIAN WINKLER APPOINTED NEW HEAD OF COUNTDOWN 2010 SECRETARIAT

IUCN’s European Office has appointed Sebastian Winkler as the new Head of the Countdown 2010 Secretariat. Winkler’s major task will be to strengthen the Countdown 2010 Secretariat, which is currently functioning as a Pan-European Alliance, advancing the 2010 commitments of halting the loss of biodiversity into concrete action. More information.

 

LAMY NAMES FOUR NEW DEPUTIES AT WTO

The World Trade Organization’s incoming Director-General, Pascal Lamy, has named his four deputy directors’ general. They are Alejandro Jara of Chile, Valentine Rugwabiza of Rwanda, Harsha Singh of India and Rufus Yerxa of the United States. Their terms of office begin on 1 October. More information.

 

JULY

 

UN THIRD COMMITTEE ELECTS REMAINING BUREAU MEMBERS

The Third Committee (Social, Humanitarian and Cultural) has elected its final remaining Bureau members, including Pedro Cardoso (Brazil), as Rapporteur, and Muhammad Anshor (Indonesia), as Vice-Chairperson. They will join the other members of the bureau, who were also elected on 13 June. More information.

 

KERR DEPARTS UN SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Anne Kerr has left her position as head of the Programme Coordination, Major Groups and Partnerships Branch within the UN Division for Sustainable Development and is now working at Environment Canada.

 

JAMES LEAPE NAMED AS NEW DIRECTOR GENERAL OF WWF INTERNATIONAL

WWF International has named James P. Leape as its new Director General. An American and environmental lawyer, Leape will replace Claude Martin, who has headed WWF International for 12 years. Leape takes up his new post in December 2005. More information.

 

CARTER ROBERTS TAKES HELM AT WORLD WILDLIFE FUND (U.S)

Carter Roberts has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of the Washington, D.C.-based World Wildlife Fund (WWF). Effective 11 July 2005, Roberts succeeds Kathryn Fuller, who stepped down on 30 June after 16 years as President and CEO. More information.

 

JUNE

 

DJOGHLAF TO HEAD BIODIVERSITY CONVENTION

Ahmed Djoghlaf of Algeria has been named as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity. Currently the Director of the UN Environment Programme’s Division of Global Environment Facility Coordination, Djoghlaf will take up his new post on 1 January 2006. He replaces Hamdallah Zedan of Egypt. More information.

 

UN REAPPOINTS NUCLEAR WATCHDOG CHIEF

Mohamed ElBaradei of Egypt has won a third term as Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the UN body responsible for the “peaceful use of nuclear technologies.” ElBaradei reportedly won another four-year term after the United States withdrew its objections.

 

Links to further information

Official IAEA announcement, 13 June 2005
BBC news report, 13 June 2005

 

CONTROVERSIAL CLIMATE OFFICIAL LEAVES WHITE HOUSE, JOINS EXXON

A White House official recently accused by environmentalists of watering down key government documents on global warming, has resigned. Philip Cooney, chief of staff of the Council on Environmental Quality and a former head of the American Petroleum Institute’s climate programme, will reportedly join Exxon Mobil later this year.

 

Links to further information

Bush aide 'edited climate papers', BBC news, 9 June 2005
Climate Row US Official Resigns, BBC news, 12 June 2005

Ex-White House Official to Join Fuel Co., Washington Post, 14 June 2005

 

MAY

 

NEW WATER AND SANITATION COUNCIL CHAIR ANNOUNCED

Roberto Lenton, has been named as the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). He will take up his new position during World Water Week in Stockholm in August 2005. Lenton is currently co-coordinator of the UN Millennium Project Task Force on Water and Sanitation, and Chair of the Technical Committee of the Global Water Partnership (GWP). He will succeed Sir Richard Jolly, who chaired the Council for close to eight years. More information

 

GREENHILL NAMED NEW CIDA PRESIDENT

Robert Greenhill has been named the new President of the Canadian International Development Agency. A former Senior Visiting Executive of the International Development Research Center, he will replace Paul Thibault, who has retired. Greenhill took up his new post on 24 May 2005. According to reports, Greenhill was a “surprise choice” who impressed Canadian politicians with a new study arguing that Canada’s international reputation and credentials had deteriorated and was now in crisis—but that the situation could be saved. 

 

Links to further information

CIDA press release, 27 May 2005
Embassy newspaper, 25 May 2005

 

LAMY CONFIRMED AS WTO HEAD; SUPACHAI JOINS UNCTAD

Europe’s former Trade Commissioner, Pascal Lamy of France, has been confirmed as the next Director-General of the World Trade Organization. Lamy, who will be the fifth person to head the organization, will begin his four-year, renewable term on 1 September 2005.

 

Meanwhile, the current head of the WTO, Thailand’s Supachai Panitchpakdi, has been confirmed to take the top spot at the UN Conference on Trade on Development (UNCTAD). More information.

 

KEMAL DERVIS CONFIRMED AS UNDP HEAD

Kemal Dervis, a former Turkish Finance Minister and top World Bank official, has been confirmed as the next administrator of the UN Development Programme. Dervis, who was nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan from a field of contenders that included Baroness Amos of Britain, was confirmed by the UN General Assembly on 5 May. He will start his four-year term in August. Dervis, who is the first person from a nation that receives development assistance rather than provides it, will succeed Mark Malloch Brown of the UK, who was recently appointed UN Chief of Staff. More information.

 

NEW HEAD OF UN INTERNAL OVERSIGHT APPOINTED

Inga-Britt Ahlenius of Sweden has been named as the new Under-Secretary-General for Internal Oversight Services. The current Auditor General of Kosovo and a former Auditor General of Sweden, Ahlenius will replace Dileep Nair of Singapore. The Office of Internal Oversight Services is an independent unit set up in 1994 to assist the Secretary-General in their internal oversight responsibilities and enhance accountability, transparency and a “results-orientation” in the UN. The head of the Office is appointed for a five-year, non-renewable term. More information.

 

ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL COUNCIL FILLS VACANCIES ON COMMISSIONS

The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has filled vacancies on a number of its subsidiary bodies, including its Commissions on Sustainable Development, Population and Development, the Status of Women, and Human Rights. The appointment of Zimbabwe to the Commission on Human Rights caused expressions of concern among some other delegations, including the United States.

 

APRIL

 

NEW CEO JOINS UK ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

The UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has a new Chief Executive, Professor Alan Thorpe. A weather and climate expert, Thorpe was director of the UK Met Office’s Hadley Centre for climate prediction and research from 1999-2001, and has recently been at Reading University. He took up his new duties on 1 April 2005. Thorpe replaces Professor Sir John Lawton. Details.

 

MARCH

 

WORLD WATER COUNCIL BOARD ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

Loïc Fauchon (France) was elected the President of the World Water Council by the Council’s Board of Governors on 19 March. Fauchon, who was previously Vice-president of the World Water Council, succeeds William Cosgrove (Canada), who left the Council in January for a position with the government of Quebec. Details.

 

BUSH NOMINATES NEW EPA ADMINISTRATOR

US President George Bush has nominated a scientist, Stephen Johnson, to be the next administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. Johnson, who has been with the EPA for 24 years, replaces Mike Leavitt, who is now Secretary of Health and Human Services. The announcement was made by President Bush on 4 March 2005. Details.

 

STAKEHOLDER FORUM HIRES DEPUTY DIRECTOR

UK-based Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future has a new Deputy Director - Mehjabeen Price. Price (Pakistan) is also Stakeholder Forum’s UK Director and will coordinate and develop SF UK’s work programme. More.

 

TANDON TAKES OVER AS SOUTH CENTRE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Yash Tandon (Uganda) has been appointed the Executive Director of the South Centre, a Geneva-based intergovernmental body of developing countries. More.

 

FEBRUARY

 

SUPACHAI SET TO HEAD UNCTAD

Current World Trade Organization Director-General Supachai Panitchpakdi has been nominated to take over at UNCTAD (UN Conference on Trade and Development). Panitchpakdi, a former Deputy Prime Minister of Thailand whose term at the WTO will run out later this year, was nominated for the high-level UN trade post late February by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. UNCTAD was previously headed by Brazilian Rubens Ricupero, who held the top job for nine years until September 2004. Ricupero’s successor has yet to be approved formally by the UN General Assembly. More.

 

POLICY EXPERT JOINS UNFF SECRETARIAT

Antonio do Prado has recently joined the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests. He is on secondment from ITTO and will serve as the Policy and Trade Officer. Prior to joining UNFF, he served as Special Assistant to Brazil’s Minister of Environment. More.

 

NOMINATIONS FOR TOP UNDP POSITION SURFACE

Nominations for the top UNDP post have begun surfacing, following current UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown’s appointment as the UN Secretary-General’s Chief of Staff. The British government has named Baroness Valerie Amos, leader of the House of Lords and a cabinet member, as their candidate for the key post. According to the Financial Times, a couple of other key figures are rumored to be contenders for the position, including Hilde Johnson, Norway’s Development Minister, and Jan Pronk, UN Special Envoy to Sudan and former Dutch Environment Minister. A decision on Malloch Brown’s successor is expected to be made at the end of March.

 

Links to further information

Leader of the House of Lords nominated for senior UN position, FT, 17 February 2005

Baroness up for key UN job, Reuters, 16 February 2005

 

BÅGE RE-ELECTED AS IFAD PRESIDENT

Lennart Båge (Sweden) was re-elected a second, four-year term by delegates attending the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD). Båge has served as IFAD’s President since April 2001. His new term will begin 1 April 2005. Details.

 

UNESCAP CHIEF’S APPOINTMENT RENEWED

Kim Hak-Su’s appointment as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations was recently renewed for two more years by Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Kim, who is from the Republic of Korea, assumed the post of Executive Secretary in July 2000. Details.

 

WTO APPOINTS 2005 CHAIRS

The World Trade Organization’s General Council announced the chairs of its various councils and committees following a meeting held on 15 February. Amina Chawahir Mohamed (Kenya) will chair the General Council. Other key appointments include:

  • Choi Hyuck (Republic of Korea)—Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS);

  • Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing (Mauritius)—Committee on Trade and Environment;

  • Gomi Tharaka Senadhira (Sri Lanka)—Committee on Trade and Development; and,

  • Manuel Antonio J. Teehankee (Philippines)—Working Group on Trade and Transfer of Technology.

The full list of appointments.

 

OECD SECRETARIAT HEAD TO STEP DOWN IN 2006

OECD Secretary-General Donald Johnston has indicated that he will step down from his post in May 2006. In a letter to OECD members, Johnston, who has served as the head of the OECD Secretariat since 1996, stressed the need for his successor to be selected as soon as possible in order to ensure a smooth transition. The terms of three Deputy Secretaries-General will also expire in 2006. Johnston has recommended that only one of these posts be filled to reduce a “top-heavy, expensive management structure.” More.

 

FORMER US PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON TO BE UN ENVOY FOR TSUNAMI-AFFECTED COUNTRIES

Former US President Bill Clinton will be UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Envoy for Tsunami-affected Countries. The formal announcement of the appointment will be made in March. Clinton is currently working with former President Bush on fundraising efforts in the US, and plans to visit the tsunami-affected region with Bush in February.

Links to further information

UN press release, 1 February 2005

Bill Clinton’s statement, 1 February 2005

 

PNG’S KAPUTIN TO BECOME NEXT ACP SECRETARY-GENERAL

John Kaputin (Papua New Guinea) will assume his new position as Secretary-General of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States on 1 March 2005. Kaputin was elected by the ACP Council of Ministers in early December 2004 to the position currently served by Jean-Robert Goulongana (Gabon), whose term of office and that of the current Assistant Secretaries-General will expire on 28 February 2005. Details.

 

JANUARY

 

MALLOCH BROWN ASSUMES POSITION AS UN CHIEF OF STAFF

UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown assumed his position as UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chief of Staff on 19 January. Malloch Brown, who was named by Annan for the post on 3 January, replaces 70-year old Iqbal Riza (Pakistan), who is retiring after serving the post for seven years. Malloch Brown will continue to lead UNDP until a replacement is found. More information is available from the UN press release and from Xinhua news.

 

US AGRICULTURE SECRETARY ANN VENEMAN TO REPLACE CAROL BELLAMY AS NEW UNICEF HEAD

United States Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman has been nominated by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan to head the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Veneman, who will assume her new duties on 1 May 2005, replaces Carol Bellamy who is retiring from the post, which traditionally goes to an American. Details.

 

PAKISTAN ELECTED ECOSOC PRESIDENT

Munir Akram (Pakistan) was recently elected President of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for 2005 by acclamation. In his first address to the Council, he said there was no greater challenge to humanity – nor greater threat to world peace – than the failure to realize the United Nations Charter’s vision of promoting better standards of life and larger freedoms. More.

 

DIALLO REAPPOINTED TO DESERTIFICATION POST

Hama Arba Diallo has been reappointed Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification by the UN Secretary-General. His new three-year term commenced on 1 January 2005.

 

ZOELLICK QUITS TRADE ROLE, WOLFENSOHN TO LEAVE BANK

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick is set to leave the post after being selected as Deputy Secretary of State. Zoellick, who was recently rumored as a possible contender to replace James Wolfensohn when Wolfensohn gives up the presidency of the World Bank in June 2005, will instead succeed Richard Armitage in the State Department. Armitage announced his resignation in November 2004.

 

Speculation Mounts on Top Trade, World Bank Posts: Speculation on who might replace Zoellick as the leading U.S. trade negotiator has focused on several candidates, including Grant Aldonas, undersecretary for international trade at the Commerce Department. Other contenders apparently include Josette Shiner and Peter Allgeier, who are both deputy U.S. trade representatives. Zoellick’s move has also increased speculation over who might replace Wolfensohn when he departs the World Bank. John Taylor, an undersecretary for international affairs with the U.S. Treasury, has been named as one option. Other possibilities reportedly include Randall Tobias, the Bush administration's global AIDS coordinator. Christine Todd Whitman, who was previously head of the Environmental Protection Agency, has also been mentioned in connection with the position. Traditionally, the head of the World Bank has been an American, although this has been questioned in some circles in recent years. The U.S. is the Bank’s largest shareholder.

 

Links to further information

Bush set to name Zoellick as Deputy to Rice, China Daily, 7 January 2005

Bush picks State Department No.2, CNN, 7 January 2005

Wolfensohn confirms plan to leave World Bank, Washington Post, 4 January 2005

 

APEC NAMES NEW DIRECTOR

The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) organization has named the Republic of Korea�s Choi Seok Young as the new director of its Secretariat. He replaces Chilean Mario Artaza. The appointment coincides with South Korea assuming the role of official host of the APEC for the next year. In other news, Tran Trong Toan from Viet Nam has been named the new deputy director. He will replace Choi as Director when Viet Nam takes over as APEC host country in 2006. Further information on the new director and the new deputy director.

 

SILVEIRA REJOINS UN�S SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

Mary Pat Silveira has rejoined the UN�s Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as head of the National Information, Monitoring and Outreach Branch. Prior to assuming this position in mid-November 2004, she was in Geneva with the UN Economic Commission for Europe. Silveira takes over from Anne Kerr, who was acting head in addition to her duties heading up the DSD�s Programme Coordination, Major Groups and Partnerships Branch.

 

COSGROVE LEAVES WORLD WATER COUNCIL

William Cosgrove has resigned as President of the World Water Council Board of Governors to take up the position of President of the Bureau d�audiences publiques sur l'environnement in Qu�bec. Vice-President Lo�c Fauchon has stepped in as Acting President until the next Board meeting in March 2005. More information.

 

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