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APPOINTMENTS AND DEPARTURES

This page was updated on: 01/13/10

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DECEMBER

NEW EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF CMS SECRETARIAT APPOINTED
UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner has appointed Elizabeth Maruma Mrema as the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Secretariat, based in Bonn, Germany, with effect from 1 December 2009. The announcement was made on 2 December 2009, at the 36th Meeting of the CMS Standing Committee. More information.

OCTOBER

UNESCO GENERAL CONFERENCE ELECTS NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL
During the 35th UNESCO General Conference, which is meeting from 6-23 October 2009, Irina Bokova (Bulgaria) was elected as the first woman Director-General of UNESCO. She takes over as Director-General from Koïchiro Matsuura (Japan). More information.

UNWTO GENERAL ASSEMBLY ELECTS NEW SECRETARY-GENERAL
The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly, which convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009, elected Taleb Rifai (Jordan) as its new Secretary-General. More information.

SEPTEMBER

UNEP APPOINTS CHIEF SCIENTIST
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has appointed environmental modeling and systems expert Joseph Alcamo as its first Chief Scientist. The appointment comes in response to a decision by the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum. More information.

WRI TAPS MORGAN AS DIRECTOR OF CLIMATE AND ENERGY PROGRAMME
The World Resources Institute (WRI) has named Jennifer L. Morgan as director of its Climate and Energy Program. For the past three years, Morgan was director of the Climate Change Program at E3G (Third Generation Environmentalism), a London-based think-tank. Prior to that position, she led the Global Climate Change Program at WWF. More information.

UNESCO-IHE INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION UNDER NEW LEADERSHIP
The UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education has announced a change in leadership. The new Rector, Professor András Szöllösi-Nagy, began his appointment on 5 September 2009.
More information.

JULY

EXECUTIVE SECRETARY LEAVES CMS SECRETARIAT
Robert
Hepworth, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species (CMS), left the CMS Secretariat on 27 July 2009. In addition, Lahcen El-Kabiri has recently left the position of Deputy Executive Secretary of CMS to take up new functions as head of the new CMS-managed office to oversee the implementation of the Agreements on birds of prey and dugongs in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates. CMS press release.

YUMKELLA RECOMMENDED FOR SECOND TERM AS UNIDO’s DIRECTOR-GENERAL
Kandeh K. Yumkella (Sierra Leone) has been recommended for a second term in office as the Director-General of the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). The recommendation was made on 23 June 2009, during the thirty-sixth session of UNIDO’s Industrial Development Board, which comprises 53 countries out of the 173 Member States.
More information.

SUPACHAI PANITCHPAKDI TO HEAD UNCTAD FOR SECOND TERM
The UN General Assembly has unanimously confirmed Supachai Panitchpakdi (Thailand) for a second four-year term as Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The action followed a proposal by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (document A/63/891) to appoint Supachai to a term from 1 September 2009-31 August 2013. More information.

JUNE

NEW UNDOALOS DIRECTOR APPOINTED
The UN Secretary-General has approved the appointment, effective 8 June 2009, of Serguei Tarassenko to the post of Director, of the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS). More information.

UNESCO NAMES SPOKESPERSON FOR THE OCEANS
The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has named the French seafarer, Maud Fontenoy, as its Spokesperson for the Oceans.
She is
tasked with raising awareness of the need to protect the ocean environment against major threats such as climate change, pollution and unchecked urban development of the world�s coastal areas. More information.

NEW SECRETARY OF UN-WATER DESIGNATED
Nikhil Chandavarkar, Chief of Communication and Outreach for the Division of Sustainable Development of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), has recently become Secretary of UN-Water. More information.

MAY

WTO MEMBERS REAPPOINT PASCAL LAMY FOR A SECOND TERM
On 30 April 2009, the World Trade Organization�s (WTO) General Council reappointed Director-General Pascal for a second term of four years as from 1 September 2009. More information.

UNWTO COUNCIL RECOMMENDS NEW SECRETARY-GENERAL
The Executive Council of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) recommended Taleb Rifai (Jordan), for the position of Secretary-General, for the Period 2010-2013, at its meeting in Bamako, Mali, on 7 May 2009. The recommendation will be presented for ratification by the UNWTO General Assembly, meeting in October 2009 in Astana, Kazakhstan. UNWTO press release, 7 May 2009.

APRIL

UNWTO TO SELECT NEW SECRETARY-GENERAL
The Executive Council of the UNWTO will meet in Bamako, Mali, from 7-8 May 2009, to select one candidate to the post of Secretary-General.The four candidates are Arab Hoballah (Lebanon), Khalid Malik (Pakistan), Oh Jee-chul (Republic of Korea) and Taleb Rifai, Jordan. The recommendation from the Executive Council will be ratified by the UNWTO General Assembly, which is scheduled to convene in Astana, Kazakhstan, 2-9 October 2009.

UNWTO announcement.

UNDOALOS DIRECTOR ASSUMES NEW POST

The UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea (UNDOALOS) has announced that, effective 1 April 2009, V�clav Mikulka, UNDOALOS Director, assumed the post of the Director of the Codification Division, Office of Legal Affairs. More information.

UN SECRETARY-GENERAL NOMINATES HELEN CLARK AS NEW UNDP ADMINISTRATOR

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has nominated Helen Clark (New Zealand) to a four-year term as the new Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP). She replaces Kemal Derviş (Turkey). Clark has been a Parliamentary member since 1981 and was the New Zealand Prime Minister from 1999-2008. More information.

FEBRUARY

CO-CHAIRS ON SYSTEM-WIDE COHERENCE APPOINTED
The Permanent Representatives of Namibia, Kaire Munionganda Mbuende, and Spain, Juan Antonio Y��ez-Barnuevo, have been appointed the Co-Chairs to facilitate the process of consultations on System-wide Coherence, including to further discussions on the resolution adopted on 15 September 2008 (62/277). GA president�s letter.

UNDP BIDS FAREWELL TO ADMINISTRATOR 
On 28 February 2009, Kemal Derviş stepped down as Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), a position he occupied since August 2005. During this period, Derviş was also the Chair of the UN Development Group, a committee consisting of the heads of all UN funds, programmes and departments working on development issues at the country level. Ad Melkert (the Netherlands), the current UNDP Associate Administrator, will act as Administrator ad interim until Dervişï¿½ replacement is appointed.

NEXT IFAD PRESIDENT NAMED
The Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) selected Kanayo F. Nwanze (Nigeria) as its next president. The selection came on 18 February 2009, during the Governing Council�s annual meeting in Rome, Italy. Nwanze is currently IFAD�s Vice-President. More information.

TURKEY WILL LEAD WTO COMMITTEE ON TRADE AND ENVIRONMENT IN 2009
The World Trade Organization (WTO) has appointed, on 3 February, its chairpersons for 2009, with Bozkurt Aran (Turkey) elected to lead the Trade and Environment Committee (CTE) and Karen Tan (Singapore) to lead the TRIPS Council. More information.

UNEP APPOINTS NEW GPA COORDINATOR
David Osborn (Australia) has been appointed as the new Coordinator for the UN Environment Programme/Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (UNEP/GPA). He worked with the GPA Coordination Office in The Hague, the Netherlands, from 2001-2005 before returning to the Australian Government. He replaces Veerle Vandeweerd (Belgium), who served as the UNEP/GPA Coordinator until September 2007. Anjan Datta (Bangladesh) has been serving as Officer in Charge in the interim. More information.

JANUARY

ECOSOC ELECTS 65th PRESIDENT
Ambassador Sylvie Lucas of Luxembourg has been elected as the 65th President of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). She will be the second woman to lead that body.  More information.

GWP APPOINTS NEW EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
The Global Water Partnership (GWP) has announced the appointment of Ania Grobicki as the GWP Executive Secretary, effective 11 March 2009. Grobicki has experience working on the water needs of industry, energy, agriculture, health and the environment. Grobicki succeeds Emilio Gabrielli, who left in May 2008 to take a private sector position in Australia. Martin Walshe, GWP Deputy Executive Secretary, is serving as Acting Executive Secretary. More information.

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