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This page was updated on: 01/13/10

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DECEMBER

ILO DIRECTOR-GENERAL REAPPOINTED
Juan Somavia of Chile has been elected to a third term as Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO). The decision was taken at the 303rd session of the ILO Governing Body. ILO Governing Body.

NOVEMBER

ASSISTANT SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR DISASTER RISK REDUCTION NAMED
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Margareta Wahlström (Sweden) as Assistant Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action in the Secretariat for the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR). More information.

GEF COUNCIL REELECTS CEO
The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council re-elected Monique Barbut as CEO during its biannual meeting, which took place from 11-13 November 2008, in Washington DC, US. More information.

NEW DSD DIRECTOR TAKES POST
On 13 November 2008, Tariq Banuri (Pakistan) took up the post of Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, in the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs. Banuri comes to the UN from the Stockholm Environment Institute. He has also held positions in the Pakistani Government. More information.

JAN McALPINE TAKES UP UNFF DIRECTOR’S POST
Jan McAlpine of the United States has been has been appointed to the post of the Director of the UN Forum on Forests Secretariat. McAlpine has been part of the UNFF and its predecessor processes for 15 years as the Senior Negotiator and Forest Lead for the US Department of State, and has helped shape actions, decisions and resolutions within and outside the UN system. The appointment to the UNFF Director’s post was made on 5 November 2008. UNFF media release.

 

OCTOBER

NEW ITLOS SWORN IN, PRESIDENT AND VICE-PRESIDENT ELECTED
The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) has announced that Boualem Bouguetaia (Algeria) and Vladimir Vladimirovich Golitsyn (Russian Federation) were sworn in as members of the Tribunal on 1 October 2008. The two judges were elected on 13 June 2008 at the 18th Meeting of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea to serve a term of nine years, commencing 1 October 2008. Golitsyn previously served as Director, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, from 2004–2007. On the same day, Judge José Luis Jesus was elected as President of ITLOS for the period 2008–2011 by the 21 members of the Tribunal. The President is elected for a period of three years and may be re-elected. Furthermore, on 2 October 2008, Judge Helmut Tuerk (Austria) was elected as Vice-President for the same period. ITLOS Press Release, 1 October 2008. ITLOS Press Release, 1 October 2008.
ITLOS Press Release, 2 October 2008.

SEPTEMBER

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS TWO NEW CLIMATE CHANGE ENVOYS
The UN Secretary-General has appointed Festus Mogae, former President of Botswana, and Srgjan Kerim, outgoing President of the UN General Assembly, as Special Envoys on climate change. They will join two other Special Envoys that were appointed in May 2007: Gro Harlem Brundtland, former Norwegian Prime Minister; and Ricardo Lagos Escobar, former President of Chile. The envoys support the Secretary-General in his consultations with heads of State and government, and will push for progress in the Poznan Climate Change talks in December 2008.
UN News Centre Press Release, 19 September 2008

DIRECTOR OF UNFF SECRETARIAT ANNOUNCED
The UN Secretary-General has approved the selection of Jan McAlpine (US) as the next Director of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) Secretariat (IISD RS sources).

DSD DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED
Reports indicate that UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has approved the selection of Tariq Banuri as the next Director of the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Banuri is expected to take his post during October 2008, moving from his present position with the Stockholm Environment Institute (IISD RS sources).

GLOBAL WIND ENERGY COUNCIL APPOINTS POLICY DIRECTOR
The Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) has appointed Liming Qiao as the organization’s new Policy Director. Liming will be in charge of GWEC’s lobbying efforts, with a particular focus on the international climate negotiations. Before joining GWEC, she worked with WWF in the China Climate and Energy Programme. She took up her new role on 1 September 2008. More information.

CLIMATE COMMUNITY MOURNS PASSING OF BERNHARD SCHLAMADINGER
Members of the international climate change community are mourning the passing of Dr. Bernhard Schlamadinger in August 2008. Dr. Schlamadinger was widely known for his work on lands and forestry issues in the context of climate change, and was the author of many papers and reports on these topics. He was involved with the Climate Strategies academic network and Joanneum Research, and was a co-founder of TerraCarbon, which provides advice and support for clients investing in land use and forestry carbon projects. He had also worked on various IPCC reports. More information.

NEW UNEP ROA DIRECTOR APPOINTED
Mounkaila Goumandakoye was confirmed in August 2008 for the position of Director of the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Regional Office for Africa (ROA). His previous experience has included positions with the UN Development Programme and as a member of Niger’s delegation to the negotiating process for the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (IISDRS Sources).

FSC APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR, BOARD
Andre Giacini de Freitas has been selected to take over the office of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Executive Director. A forester by training, he brings extensive and broad experience working with FSC in Brazil, and has been leading the FSC Policy and Standards and Communications Programmes since 2006. FSC members are also in the process of electing three new appointees to the FSC Board of Directors. More information: FSC Media Releases, 28 August 2008 and 2 June 2008.

FAZEL TO HEAD SECRETARIAT OF CONSERVATION COMMONS ON BEHALF OF UNEP-WCMC
Asghar Fazel has been introduced as the new head of the Secretariat of the Conservation Commons, on behalf of the UN Environment Programme – World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) (IISDRS Sources).

AUGUST

 

JOHN KILANI JOINS UNFCCC SECRETARIAT

John Kilani, a South African national with a background in the private sector, academia and government, has joined the UNFCCC Secretariat as director in support of the Kyoto Protocol’s market mechanisms. Kilani recently represented Qatar at international climate negotiations, and chaired the Clean Development Mechanism’s Executive Board in 2004. UNFCCC announcement, June 2008.

 

JUNE


UNWTO’s FRANGIALLI TO STEP DOWN

The UN World Tourism Organization’s (UNWTO) Secretary-General Francesco Frangialli, in a 13 June 2008 address to the UNWTO Executive Council, announced his plans to step down at the beginning of 2009. More information.

WTO APPELLATE BODY WELCOMES TWO NEW MEMBERS
Yuejiao Zhang (China) and Shotaro Oshima (Japan) were sworn-in on 20 May 2008 as members of the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Appellate Body. More information.

NEW FSC DIRECTOR APPOINTED
Heiko Liedeker is stepping down from his position as the Executive Director of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC Board of Directors has appointed Andre Giacini de Freitas as the new Executive Director. Giacini de Freitas had been leading the FSC Standards and Policy and Communications programmes since 2006.

MAY

CANADIAN ENVIRONMENTALIST CHARLES CACCIA PASSES AWAY
Charles Caccia, a forestry economist who served as Canadian environment minister from 1983-1984 and Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on environment and Sustainable Development (1994-2004), passed away on 4 May 2008. More information.

NEW WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL NOMINATED
Francis Gurry (Australia) has been nominated by the Coordination Committeee to be the next Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The successor of current Director General  Kamil Idris (Sudan) will be appointed by the WIPO General Assembly at its next meeting, which is scheduled to take place on 22-30 September 2008. More information.

New General Director of the World Water Council appointed
Ger Bergkamp has been appointed as General Director of the World Water Council, effective 1 June 2008. Daniel Zimmer, who has served as Executive Director of the Council since November of 2001, will continue as Associate Director in charge of the Preparation of the Fifth World Water Forum, until June 2009. More information.

APRIL

UNDP ANNOUNCES NEW UNIFEM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) announced, on 7 April 2008, that Inés Alberdi (Spain) has been appointed as the new Executive Director of the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM). She was selected by UNDP Administrator Ad Melkert in consultation with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UNIFEM Consultative Committee. More information.

MARCH

 

IPCC AUTHOR APPOINTED AS SENIOR FELLOW AT UNEP-WCMC
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and California State University, Chico, have announced the appointment of Dr. Jeff Price as Senior Fellow for Climate Change and Biodiversity at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) in Cambridge, UK. Dr. Price, who was a lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change’s (IPCC) Third and Fourth Assessment Reports, will work with UNEP-WCMC during 2008 to assist the Centre to assimilate the most recent information and research on climate change and its impacts on biodiversity. More information

UN APPOINTS SPECIAL ADVISER ON INNOVATIVE FINANCING FOR DEVELOPMENT
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Philippe Douste-Blazy – a former French Government Minister of Health and Foreign Affairs –  as his Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development. Mr. Douste-Blazy will hold the rank of UN Under-Secretary-General. More information, 19 February 2008.

FEBRUARY

WTO APPOINTS TRIPS AND CTE COMMITTEE CHAIRS FOR 2008
The WTO has appointed new Chairs for its committees and negotiating bodies. Ambassador Gail Marie Mathurin (Jamaica) will chair the Council for Trade-related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS); Ambassador Wieslaw Karsz (Poland) will chair the Committee on Trade and Environment (CTE); and Ambassador Manuel Teehankee (Philippines) will chair the Special Session of the Committee on Trade and Environment until the next Ministerial Conference, which has not been scheduled. The chairs of the eight Doha-Round negotiating bodies will remain unchanged. More information.

NEW WSSCC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED
Jon Lane was appointed as the New Executive Director of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), which was created in 1990 by the UN General Assembly to complete work left unfinished at the close of the International Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Decade (1981-1990). The role of the Collaborative Council is to serve as an international coordinating body to enhance collaboration in the water supply and sanitation sector, specifically in order to attain universal coverage of water and sanitation services for poor people around the world. More information.

HANDOVER CEREMONY OF THE CHAIRMANSHIP OF THE GROUP OF 77
On 11 January 2008, the Group of 77 and China held a ceremony for the handover of the chairmanship from Pakistan to Antigua and Barbuda. Ambassador Munir Akram, from Pakistan, represented the G-77 and China during 2007. The in-coming Chairs for 2008 are the Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, H.E. Winston Baldwin Spencer, and Ambassador John William Ashe. The nomination was seen as recognition of the role played by small island developing states in the development dialogue. More information.

WORLD BANK APPOINTS NEW CHIEF ECONOMIST
Robert Zoellick, President of the World Bank Group, announced on 4 February 2008 that Justin Lin (China) would become the new Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for Development Economics at the World Bank. Lin
succeeds Francois Bourguignon, who retired from the Bank Group last year. More information.

JANUARY

UNFF DIRECTOR RETIRES
After serving as the Head and Coordinator of the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) since 2002, Pekka Patosaari retired from the UN on 31 December 2007. More information.

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