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This page was updated on: 01/13/10

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DECEMBER

 

IMO SECRETARY-GENERAL REAPPOINTED
The 25th biennial meeting of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) Assembly has unanimously reappointed Secretary-General Efthimios Mitropoulos for another four-year term, from 2008-2011. More information.

 

NOVEMBER

JAPAN’S CROWN PRINCE APPOINTED HONORARY PRESIDENT OF UN ADVISORY BOARD ON WATER AND SANITATION
Japan’s Crown Prince has been appointed as Honorary President of UN Secretary-General’s
Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation, which was established in 2004 to advise the Secretary-General and raise awareness of water and sanitation issues. The Board is currently chaired by Prince Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. More information.

ANGELA CROPPER TO BE NEXT UNEP DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced, on 7 November 2007, his appointment of Angela Cropper (Trinidad and Tobago) as the next Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). She is expected to take up this post in February 2008. More information.

 

OCTOBER

 

OFFICER IN CHARGE NAMED FOR GPA
Anjan Datta (Bangladesh) will serve as Officer in Charge of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA)/Regional Seas of the UNEP GPA Coordination Office (IISD RS sources).

HEAD OF UNEP CHEMICALS APPOINTED
Per Bakken (Norway) has been appointed as Head of the Chemicals Branch, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), UNEP. Bakken, who succeeds Maged Younes, assumed the position on 1 September 2007 (IISD RS Sources).

DOMINIQUE STRAUSS-KAHN APPOINTED IMF MANAGING DIRECTOR
The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) appointed by consensus Dominique Strauss-Kahn (France) as IMF Managing Director and Chairman of the Executive Board. Strauss-Kahn, who will succeed Rodrigo de Rato for a five-year term beginning 1 November 2007, holds a PhD in economics from the University of Paris, and has served his country as a Minister of the Economy, Finance and Industry (1997- 1999) and Minister of Industry and International Trade (1991-1993). More information.

SEPTEMBER

NEW ACTING DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTED FOR UNCTAD
Lakshmi Puri (India), who has directed the UN Conference on Trade and Development’s (UNCTAD) Trade Division since 2002, has been named Acting Deputy Secretary-General. Her appointment started on 7 September 2007. More information.

GEF NAMES NINE NEW STAFF MEMBERS
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has announced nine new staff members, including Brennan Van Dyke (Political Advisor to CEO), Sekou Toure (Conflict Resolution Commissioner), Dima Reda (Corporate Operations, Policies and Financial Services), William Ehlers (External Affairs), Maureen Shields Lorenzetti (Spokesperson), Gustavo A. B. da Fonseca (Natural Resources Management), Jaime Cavelier (Senior Biodiversity Specialist), and Chris Briggs (Operations, Policies and Finance). More information.

UNDP APPOINTS new director for POVERTY practice GROUP
S
elim Jahan (Bangladesh) has been appointed Director for the UN Development Programme’s Poverty Practice Group within the Bureau for Development and Policy (BDP) in New York, US. Prior to moving to UNDP BDP, Selim was the Deputy Director for the Human Development Report Office in New York and a member of the core team that co-authored the Human Development Reports, a UNDP flagship publication (IISD RS Sources).

FORMER RAMSAR SECRETARY GENERAL JOINS JNCC
Former Ramsar Secretary General Peter Bridgewater has been appointed as Chairman of the UK and international nature conservation advisory body the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC). His three-year term will begin on 1 October 2007. More information.

NEW EXECUTIVE SECRETARY APPOINTED FOR UNCCD
On 3 September 2007, the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) endorsed the proposal by the UN Secretary-General to appoint Luc Gnacadja (Benin) as the new UNCCD Executive Secretary. More information.

UNDP APPOINTS VEERLE VANDEWEERD AS director FOR ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY
Veerle Vandeweerd (Belgium) has been appointed by UNDP as its new Practice Director for Environment and Energy in New York, US. Veerle was previously with UNEP, where she coordinated the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities in The Hague, Netherlands. Prior to this, she headed UNEP’s Regional Seas, Coral Reefs & Small Island Developing States Programmes; served as Deputy Director of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation; and oversaw several global environmental monitoring systems on water, air and food.

UNFF SECRETARIAT MAKES STAFF CHANGES
The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat bid farewell to Antonio Carlos do Prado, who had been seconded to the Secretariat by the International Tropical Timber Organization three years ago. He will resume his duties at the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation. Mr. Peter Csoka recently returned to the Secretariat, after having worked in the Hungarian Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. For more staff changes, see the UNFF Secretariat’s Newsletter (April-July 2007).

AUGUST

undp deputy assistant administrator and deputy director bdp APPOINTED
Douglas Gardner (US) has been appointed UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau for Development Policy in New York, US. Gardner has been Resident Coordinator in Cambodia for the last three and one-half years (IISD RS Sources).

NEW RAMSAR SECRETARY GENERAL TAKES HIS POST
Anada Tiéga officially took up his post as the fourth Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention, replacing Peter Bridgewater. A native of Niger, Anada first came to Ramsar in the late 1990s as Regional Coordinator for Africa (now called Senior Advisor for Africa) and then went on to serve as Project Manager for the GEF project “Reversal of Land and Water Degradation Trends in the Lake Chad Basin Ecosystem.” More information.

UNDP APPOINTS deputy director for regional bureau for africa
Moustapha Soumare (Mali) has been appointed Deputy Director for the UN Development Programme’s Regional Bureau for Africa in New York, US. Most recently, Soumare acted as Research Director in the Secretariat for the High-Level Panel on System-Wide Coherence (IISD RS Sources).

SENIOR APPOINTMENTS AT UNDP PARTNERSHIP BUREAU
Romesh Muttukumaru (Sri Lanka) has been appointed Deputy Director of the UNDP Partnerships Bureau in New York, US, and Cecile Molinier (France) has been appointed Director of the UNDP Liaison Office in Geneva, Switzerland (IISD RS Sources).

ESCAP AND ESCWA HEADS NAMED
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed new heads for two UN regional commissions on 30 July 2007. Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore will take over as Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Heyzer is currently Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). Bader Al-Dafa of Qatar will lead the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). More information.

MANDATE EXTENDED FOR SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR MIGRATION
On July 10 2007, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon extended the mandate of Peter Sutherland (Ireland) to continue in his capacity as the SG's Special Representative for Migration until 2008. The Special Representative serves as the primary link between the UN system and the Global Forum on Migration and Development. Sutherland has held the post since January 2006.

HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES, LANDLOCKED DEVELOPING COUNTRIES AND SMALL ISLAND DEVELOPING STATES NAMED
On 6 July 2007, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mali's Ambassador to the UN, Chieck Sidi Diarra, as the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (UN-OHRLLS). He will replace Anwarul Chowdhury (Bangladesh). More information.

JULY

 

NEW USG FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS ASSUMES POST

Sha Zukang (China) became the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs (ESA) on 1 July 2007. In this position, he heads the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA). More information.

YANNICK GLEMAREC APPOINTED UNDP/GEF EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has appointed Yannick Glemarec as the UNDP/GEF Executive Coordinator. He has most recently served as UNDP/GEF Deputy Executive Coordinator and, among other things, led the development of the UNDP MDG Carbon Facility (IISD Sources). 

NEW EXECUTIVE SECRETARY FOR BASEL CONVENTION
On 4 July 2007, Katharina Kummer Peiry (Switzerland) was appointed Executive Secretary for the Basel Convention. Peiry has worked on issues related to the Basel Convention for nearly 20 years and will assume the position in September 2007. More information.

 

UK PM APPOINTS MALLOCH BROWN AS MINISTER FOR AFRICA, ASIA AND THE UN
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has appointed Sir Mark Malloch Brown as minister for Africa, Asia and the UN. Malloch Brown previously served as UN Secretary-General Annan’s chef de cabinet, UN Deputy Secretary-General, and Administrator of the UN Development Programme.
More information.

UK DEFRA APPOINTS ROBERT WATSON AS CHIEF SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR
The UK’S Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has appointed Robert Watson as its new chief scientific advisor. Watson has previously served as Chief Scientist and Director for Environmentally and Socially Sustainable Development (ESSD) at the World Bank. He has also served as Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Chair of the Global Environment Facility’s Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel. More information.

UNCCD EXECUTIVE SECRETARY RESIGNS
Hama Arba Diallo, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), submitted his resignation to the UN Secretary-General effective 19 June 2007. Diallo tendered his resignation to correspond with his election as a member of the National Assembly of Burkina Faso, in accordance with UN Rules and Regulations. Grégoire de Kalbermatten, the Deputy Executive Secretary, has been designated Officer-in-Charge while the Secretary-General initiates a search process, which is expected to be done in consultation with the Bureau of the Conference of Parties (COP), and with a view to completing the process before the September 2007 COP.
More information.

JUNE

ROBERT ZOELLICK CONFIRMED AS WORLD BANK PRESIDENT
On 25 June 2007, the Executive Directors of the World Bank confirmed Robert Zoellick’s nomination to head the organization. Zoellick will succeed Paul Wolfowitz, the departing World Bank President, and will take office effective 1 July 2007.

Link to further information
World Bank Press release, 25 June 2007

UNEP APPOINTS REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR EUROPE
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed Jean Christophe Bouvier (France) as the Regional Director for its Regional Office for Europe (ROE). Bouvier has most recently served as Regional Director for the UNOPS Regional Office for Central Asia, North Africa, Near East and Europe.

Link to further information
UNEP website, 25 June 2007

UNESCO NAMES NEW WWAP COORDINATOR
On 22 May 2007, UNESCO named Olcay Ünver as the new coordinator of the organization’s World Water Assessment Programme (WWAP). 

Link to further information
World Water Assessment Programme website, 25 June 2007

SRGJAN KERIM ELECTED NEW UNGA PRESIDENT
On 24 May 2007, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Srgjan Kerim (former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) as the President of its upcoming session. Srgjan Kerim, who will assume his new role at the start of the Assembly’s sixty-second session in September 2007, served as his country’s Permanent Representative to the UN from 2001-2003, as well as in several positions within his national government.

Link to further information
UN Press release, 24 May 2007

UNGA PRESIDENT APPOINTS CHAIRS FOR REFORM CONSULTATIONS
The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa stated in a letter on 25 May 2007 that, following extensive consultations with Member States to establish a transparent and inclusive process on System-wide Coherence, she has appointed Christopher Hackett (Barbados) and Jean-Marc Hoscheit (Luxembourg) as Co-Chairs to lead the System-wide Coherence consultations. They were expected to convene the first meeting to consider the High-Level Panel's report and the Secretary-General's recommendations on 6 June 2007. On 24 May 2007, Sheikha Haya announced that the Permanent Representative of Mexico, Claude Heller Roussant, will take over the role as facilitator for International Environmental Governance from his predecessor Enrique Berruga.

Links to further information
UNGA President’s letter appointing System-wide Coherence Co-Chairs, 25 May 2007
UNGA President’s letter on Heller Roussant appointment, 24 May 2007

ROBERT ZOELLICK NOMINATED TO HEAD THE WORLD BANK
The US has nominated Robert Zoellick to succeed Paul Wolfowitz as President of the World Bank. Standard procedures require the World Bank’s Board of Directors to receive additional nominations before taking a decision on the position. Therefore, additional nominations will be accepted until 15 June 2007, and the Board is expected to present its decision by 30 June 2007, which is slated to be Wolfowitz’s final day as President.

Link to further information
The World Bank website, 30 May 2007

CHIEF FOR THE URBAN ENVIRONMENT SECTION AT UN-HABITAT APPOINTED
After seven years with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Marco Keiner has been appointed as Chief for the Urban Environment Section at the UN-HABITAT.

RAMSAR SECRETARIAT APPOINTS REGIONAL AFFAIRS OFFICER
The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has announced the appointment of Alexia Dufour to the new position of Regional Affairs Officer. Dufour is expected to take up her new post in late July 2007.

Link to further information
Ramsar website, 30 May 2007

MAY

EGYPT AND NORWAY TO LEAD CONSULTATIONS ON FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT
Ambassador Maged A. Abdelaziz Adbelaziz (Egypt) and Ambassador Johan Ludvik Løvald (Norway) have been requested by UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa to lead the consultation process to prepare a “Follow-up Conference on Financing for Development to Review the Implementation of the Monterrey Consensus” in the second half of 2008.

Link to further information
UNGA President’s Announcement

PAUL WOLFOWITZ, WORLD BANK PRESIDENT, RESIGNS
Paul Wolfowitz, President of the World Bank, presented his resignation on 17 May 2007, effective 30 June 2007, following disagreements with the Staff Association and the Bank’s shareholders, represented by the Board of Directors, over the management of arrangements to promote and transfer a World Bank employee with whom he had a personal relationship.

Links to further information
World Bank Press Release, 17 May 2007
New York Times news story, 17 May 2007
Washington Post continuing coverage

ANADA TIEGA NAMED NEXT RAMSAR SECRETARY GENERAL
The Ramsar Standing Committee unanimously selected Anada Tiéga (Niger) as the new Ramsar Secretary General, to succeed Peter Bridgewater in August 2007. Tiéga served as Regional Coordinator for Africa for the Ramsar Convention for nearly six years.

Link to further information
Ramsar News Release

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS CLIMATE ENVOYS
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed three special envoys on climate change. The envoys are former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland, Chile’s former President Ricardo Lagos Escobar, and Han Seung-soo of the Republic of Korea, who was President of the 56th Session of the UN General Assembly. All three have a history of working on sustainable development and environmental issues. “The work of the Special Envoys will assist the Secretary-General in his consultations with Governments and other key stakeholders on how he might facilitate progress in the multilateral climate change negotiations within the UN,” said a UN spokesperson. UN News Centre, 1 May 2007.

APRIL

DSD NAMES NEW CHIEF FOR MAJOR GROUPS AND PARTNERSHIPS BRANCH
Juwang Zhu has been named Chief of the Programme Coordination, Major Groups and Partnerships Branch of the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), where he has most recently served as Senior Economic Affairs Officer. He replaces Kathleen Abdalla, who had been officer-in-charge of this branch since October 2006. Abdalla remains Branch Chief for the National Information, Monitoring and Outreach Branch, DSD (IISD sources).

RAMSAR APPOINTS SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL SUPPORT OFFICER
Edgar Kaeslin (Switzerland) has been appointed to the new position of Scientific and Technical Support Officer for the Ramsar Convention. The position was created to provide enhanced scientific and technical capacity in the Secretariat, in particular to support the work of the Scientific and Technical Review Panel, the Convention’s subsidiary body charged with preparing scientific and technical reports and guidelines for the implementation of the Convention. More information.

AKASAKA BEGINS TENURE AS CHIEF OF UN DPI
Kiyotaka Akasaka (Japan) began his tenure on 2 April 2007 as the new chief of the UN Department of Public Information (DPI). He succeeds Shashi Tharoor (India) as the Under-Secretary-General for Communications and Public Information. Akasaka’s most recent posting had been to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where he served as Deputy Secretary-General since August 2003. More information.

CRISTIAN SAMPER NAMED ACTING SECRETARY OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION
Cristián Samper, a national of US and Colombia, born in Costa Rica, was named Acting Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum complex. He had been head of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, as well as a Chair of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice of the Convention on Biological Diversity. More information.

MARCH

CO-EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF THE ROTTERDAM CONVENTION ANNOUNCED
Peter Kenmore was appointed Co-Executive Secretary of the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade and Chief of the Plant Protection Service of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). His appointment was effective 27 February 2007. Rotterdam Convention Press Release, 16 March 2007.

NEW DIRECTOR UN DOALOS
V�clav Mikulka (
Czech Republic) began his tenure as the new Director of the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UN DOALOS), Office of Legal Affairs, on 1 March 2007. Mikulka was formerly the director of the Codification Division. He replaces Vladimir Golitsyn. More information.

FEBRUARY

SECRETARY-GENERAL MAKES HIGH-LEVEL APPOINTMENTS
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named four new senior officials to his cabinet while retaining a dozen others. Among the new appointments named on 9 February 2007 was Ambassador Sha Zukang, currently China�s Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva, as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs. He will succeed Jos� Antonio Ocampo of Colombia. More information.

WTO APPOINTS CHAIRPERSONS FOR 2007
The WTO General Council appointed on 7 February its chairpersons for 2007, including Muhamad Noor (Malaysia) for the General Council; Manuel A.J. Teehankee (the Philippines) for the Committee on Trade and Environment; and Yonov Frederick Agah (Nigeria) for the TRIPs Council. The announcement.

ELCI NAMES NEW DIRECTOR
Environment Liaison Centre International (ELCI) has named a new Executive Director, Tanveer Arif, who was appointed on 8 February 2007. Before taking up his new post, Arif had been CEO of the Society for Conservation and Protection of Environment (SCOPE) Pakistan since 1999. ELCI was originally established in the 1970s to act as the civil society interface with UNEP and �bring civil society competence to the intergovernmental environmental table.� (IISD Sources).

JANUARY

NEW DIRECTOR OF THE IMO SECRETARIAT�S MARINE ENVIRONMENT DIVISION APPOINTED
Miguel Palomares (Spain) has stepped up to become Director of the International Maritime Organization�s (IMO) Secretariat�s Marine Environment Division following the retirement of Jean-Claude Sainlos. Stefan Micallef (Malta) becomes Deputy Director of that Division and Head of its Sub-Division for Pollution Response and Technical Co-operation Co-ordination. The appointment became effective from 1 January 2007.

Link to further information
IMO News Release, 8 January 2007

CANADIAN PM NAMES NEW ENVIRONMENT MINISTER
Canada�s Prime Minister Stephen Harper has named Treasury Board President John Baird as the country�s new environment minister. He replaces Rona Ambrose, who was criticized in some circles for not successfully selling the government�s clean air policies. Ambrose was President of the UN Climate Convention Conference of the Parties for most of 2006, following Canada�s hosting of the first meeting of parties to the Kyoto Protocol in December 2005 and a change in government in Canada in early 2006.

Links to further information
CBC news, 4 January 2007

The Toronto Star, 4 January 2007

UNEP NAMES FOUR DIRECTORS
The UN Environment Programme has named new Directors for four of its Divisions.

  • Sylvie Lemmet, a French national, has been appointed Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE), located in Paris. Lemmet has worked with the private sector, NGOs, international organizations and most recently as Senior Auditor with the French Cour des Comptes.
     

  • Peter Gilruth, a national of the US, has been appointed Director of the Division of Early Warning and Assessment (DEWA). He brings to UNEP more than 20 years of experience as an environmental scientist, project manager and strategist from the US Government, academia, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and currently the private sector.
     

  • Ibrahim Thiaw has been appointed Director of the Division of Environmental Policy and Implementation (DEPI). A national of Mauritania, he brings to UNEP more than 22 years of expertise in the fields of natural resource management and environmental policy at the national, Pan African and global levels, including most recently as Acting Director-General of IUCN.
     

  • Janos Pasztor, a Hungarian national, has been appointed Chief of the Environment Management Group (EMG) Secretariat. He joined the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development in 1990, and since 1993 has held senior positions with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), where he is currently the Coordinator of the Project-based Mechanisms Programme with a team of more than 50 staff.

(IISDRS Sources and http://www.unep.fr/shared/docs/about/sl_appointment_en.pdf).

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