There will be a number of changes at UN Headquarters in the economic and social sectors in the coming months. On 4 December 1992, Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali announced that he has established three new departments aimed at enhancing the effectiveneess of the UN in the economic and social sectors. Boutros-Ghail appointed Nitin Desai of India to head the Department of Policy Coordination and Sustainable Development. Desai most recently served as UNCED Deputy Secretary-General. The central focus of this department will be the provision of support for central coordinating and policy-making functions vested in ECOSOC and its subsidiary bodies, including the Commission on Sustainable Development.
Ghali also appointed Ji Chaozhu of China to head the Department of Development Support and Management Services and Jean-Claude Milleron of France to head the Department of Economic and Social Information and Policy Analysis. These three appointments are at the Under-Secretary General level. Further details of the new departments are contained in the Secretary-General's note to the General Assembly (A/47/753).
In other news, the Secretary-General appointed Gertrude Mongella of the United Republic of Tanzania as Secretary-General of the fourth World Conference on Women to be held in Beijing in 1995. Mongella currently serves as her country's High Commissioner to India and was previously Minister of State responsible for Women's Affairs.
Elizabeth Dowdeswell of Canada will be the new Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She has been serving as Assistant Deputy Minister at Environment Canada and head of Canada's Atmospheric Environment Service. She will succeed Mostafa Tolba, who is retiring this year.
1993 will be a busy year on the UN calendar, especially in relation to UNCED follow-up activities. The resolutions adopted on by the 47th General Assembly alone have added a number of dates to the calendar. Since many of these dates have yet to be confirmed by the UN Secretariat, the following is merely an indication of the UNCED-related meetings on the UN calendar. [Return to start of article]