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This page was updated on: 01/13/10

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DECEMBER

 

BRAZIL APPOINTS SILVA AS ENVIRONMENT CHIEF

Senator Marina Silva has been selected to head Brazil's Ministry of Environment in the Workers Party government of President-elect Luis Inacio Lula da Silva. Born in the Brazilian Amazon, Silva grew up tapping rubber, hunting and fishing to help support her family. After earning a university degree, Silva founded an independent trade union movement with rubber tapper leader Chico Mendes. In 1996, Senator Silva won the Goldman Environmental Prize for Latin America for environmental protection of sustainable extractive reserves, social justice and sustainable development in the Amazon region. For more information visit: http://www.ens-news.com/ens/dec2002/2002-12-11-01.asp

 

NOVEMBER

 

JAN PRONK TO CHAIR IIED

The Board of Trustees of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) announced that, effective 18 November 2002, Jan Pronk will serve as its Chair. Pronk was recently UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Special Envoy for the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development. Prior to that position, he held the positions of Minister of Environment (1998-2002) and Minister of Development Cooperation (1973-77; 1989-1998) for the Government of The Netherlands. He succeeds Derek Osborn, who has been Chair since 1999 and remains on the IIED Board as Vice-Chair.

Pronk noted that he is “delighted to head the Board of IIED, which has a global reputation for integrity and excellence as a pioneering international policy research institute in the field of sustainable development …This Institute has thrived for more than 30 years in cutting-edge policy and action research and played a leading role at the Johannesburg Earth Summit. Its vision for the future will be of critical importance to the United Nations, governments and civil society around the world.” For more information visit: http://www.iied.org/aboutiied/news.html

 

OCTOBER

 

UNCTAD APPOINTS PURI TO HEAD TRADE DIVISION

Lakshmi Puri, India, has been appointed the new Director of UNCTAD's Division for Trade in Goods and Services and Commodities (DITC). The former Indian Ambassador to Hungary and Deputy Permanent Representative of India to the UN in Geneva, Puri joins UNCTAD after 28 years with the Indian Foreign Service, where she worked in policymaking, administration and bilateral and multilateral economic diplomacy, with a focus on trade, economic cooperation and development. For more information visit: http://www.unctad.org/Templates/Webflyer.asp?docID=2887&intItemID=1635&lang=1

 

WORLD BANK APPOINTS NEW DIRECTOR-GENERAL FOR OPERATIONS EVALUATION

Gregory K. Ingram of the United States has been appointed the new Director-General of the World Bank’s Operations Evaluation. The Director-General of this department is directly responsible to the Executive Directors of the Bank for evaluating the Bank’s programmes and activities and appraising the Bank’s operations self-evaluation and development risk management systems. Ingram replaces Robert Picciotto, who has announced his retirement. For the past two years, Ingram has served as the World Bank’s Director of the Operations Evaluation Department. Prior to joining the World Bank in 1994, Ingram was an Associate Professor at Harvard University, where he also received his Ph.D. in Economics. For more information visit: http://web.worldbank.org/WBSITE/EXTERNAL/
NEWS/0,,contentMDK:20071253~menuPK:34463~pagePK
:34370~piPK:34424~theSitePK:4607,00.html

 

GWP APPOINTS GABBRIELLI AS NEW EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Emilio Gabbrielli has been appointed as the Global Water Partnership’s new Executive Secretary. Gabbrielli, who holds both Italian and Australian citizenships, will begin work at GWP on 1 January 2003, replacing Khalid Mohtadullah who retires this year after serving the GWP since March 1999. Gabbrielli is currently the Managing Director of Thames Water Do Brazil. For more information visit: http://www.gwpforum.org/servlet/PSP

 

RAMSAR APPOINTS LEI AS ASIA REGIONAL COORDINATOR

The Ramsar Bureau has appointed Lei Guangchun of China as the new Regional Coordinator for Asia. Lei replaces Najam Khurshid, who returns to Pakistan following two and a half years of service with the Bureau. Lei has served as Chief of the Division of Nature Reserve Management in the Forest Department of Hunan Province. He was also a Professor in the Department of Ecology and Environmental Biology in Peking University and Director of the Freshwater and Marine Programme with WWF’s China Programme. For more information visit: http://www.ramsar.org/w.n.html

 

GEF CHIEF TO STEP DOWN IN 2003

After three terms as Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer and Chairman, Egyptian born Mohamed T. El-Ashry has announced that he will step down from his leadership role in July 2003. El-Ashry has been the GEF Chairman since 1991, and was appointed the first CEO and Chairman of the GEF in 1994. Under his leadership, GEF grew from a pilot programme with less than 30 members to the largest single source of funding for the global environment with 173 member countries. This past August, donor nations voted to replenish GEF’s trust fund by nearly US$3 billion. “The environment community will always remain indebted to Mohamed El-Ashry for his unique contribution in advancing the objectives of the GEF,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “Through his leadership, the partnership between the World Bank and the United Nations for the benefit of the global environment has become a reality.” For more information visit: http://gefweb.org/Outreach/Media/Press_Releases/Revised%20El-
Ashry%20news%20release%20announcement.doc

 

ANNAN APPOINTS EVELINE HERFKENS AS MDG EXECUTIVE COORDINATOR

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has appointed former Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation, Eveline Herfkens, as Executive Coordinator to assist in promoting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Herfkens, who has served as Permanent Representative of the Netherlands at the UN and as Executive Director of the World Bank in Washington D.C., will be working with Annan to build coalitions for raising the MDGs to the top of the agenda worldwide and creating a global movement behind them. Herfkens begins her work on 1 November 2002. For more information visit: http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/sg2079e.htm

 

INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR THE LAW OF THE SEA ELECTS PRESIDENT AND VICE- PRESIDENT

Dolliver Nelson (Grenada) was elected on 1 October 2002 as President of the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, while Budislav Vukas (Croatia) was elected Vice-President. Both will serve for the period 2002-2005. Nelson, who replaces P. Chandrasekhara Rao, has been a member of the Tribunal since 1996 and served as the Vice-President of the Tribunal from 1999-2002. Vukas has been a Member of the Tribunal since 1996. For more information visit: http://www.itlos.org/news/press_release/2002/press_release_68_en.doc and http://www.itlos.org/news/press_release/2002/press_release_69_en.doc

 

SEPTEMBER

 

SUPACHAI ASSUMES WTO DIRECTOR-GENERAL ROLE

Supachai Panitchpakdi is the new Director-General of the World Trade Organization, having taken up his appointment on 1 September 2002. Supachai will serve the WTO for three years. For more information visit: http://www.wto.org/english/thewto_e/dg_e/dg_e.htm

 

AUGUST

 

PATOSAARI APPOINTED NEW COORDINATOR AND HEAD OF THE UNFF SECRETARIAT

Pekka Patosaari (Finland) was appointed to the position of Coordinator and Head of the Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), within the UN Department of Social and Economic Affairs. Patosaari has spent most of his career with the Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry in Helsinki, most recently as Director of State Forestry and Forestry Research and as Deputy to the Director General. He has also worked for the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs in London with a portfolio of forestry and environment issues, and serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Center for International Forestry Research. His achievements in international forest policy include five years as Chief Coordinator of the Pan-European Process. Patosaari has also been involved in Finland’s international cooperation programmes, particularly in China. For more information visit: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/unffdocs/27082002_
UN_Press_Release_Pekka%20Patosaari%20UNFF

 

JULY

 

TIBAIJUKA APPOINTED UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL

Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Anna Tibaijuka, has been appointed to the level of Under-Secretary-General. For more information visit: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=4253&Cr=Habitat&Cr1=

 

KAVAN ELECTED NEXT GA PRESIDENT

Czech Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Jan Kavan was elected be the president of the General Assembly's 57th session, which opens 10 September 2002. Kavan will succeed current President Han Seung-soo of South Korea. For more information visit: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/ga10033.doc.htm

 

DENMARK ASSUMES EU PRESIDENCY

Denmark took over the Presidency of the European Union from Spain on 1 July 2002. For more information visit: http://www.um.dk/english/presidency/

 

JUNE

 

GONZALEZ APPOINTED AS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY OF OZONE SECRETARIAT

Marco Antonio Gonzalez from Costa Rica starts work as the Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat in June 2002. For more information visit: http://www.unep.org/ozone/new-exec-sec.shtml

 

PRESTRUD APPOINTED AS DIRECTOR AT CICERO

Pal Prestrud will function as Director of the Center for International Climate and Environmental Research (CICERO) in Oslo, Norway starting 3 June. For more information visit: http://www.cicero.uio.no/index_e.asp

 

APRIL

 

CHOWDHURY APPOINTED AS HIGH REPRESENTATIVE FOR LDCS

Anwarul Chowdhury has been appointed as high representative for least developed countries, landlocked developing countries and small island developing states. Chowdhury was Bangladesh's former UN ambassador and the UN coordinator for the LDCs. Chowdhury has also served as president of the Security Council and president of the UNICEF Executive Board. For more information visit: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/sga792.doc.htm

 

OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE APPOINTS NEW CHAIR

Baroness Margaret Jay has been appointed as the new Chair of the Overseas Development Institute. A former Leader of the House of Lords and Minister for Women , Margaret Jay will assume office on 1 April 2002, succeeding Earl Cairns, who has been Chairman since 1995. For more information visit: http://www.odi.org.uk/newsreleases/jay_press.html

 

MARCH

 

WORLD FOOD PROGRAMME APPOINTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

James Morris has been appointed as Director of the World Food Programme. Morris has formerly served as chair and chief executive officer of Indianapolis Water Company Resources Corporation and as president of the Lilly Endowment, a charitable foundation in the United States. Morris succeeds Catherine Bertini, whose second five-year term will end in March 2002. For more information visit: http://www.wfp.org/newsroom/in_brief/Morris_appointment14_02.html

 

ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT PROGRAMME AT CHATHAM HOUSE CHANGES NAME

As of 1 February 2002, the Royal Institute of International Affairs� (Chatham House) Energy and Environment Programme changed its name to the Sustainable Development Programme. For more information visit: http://www.riia.org/Research/eep/eep.html

 

FEBRUARY

 

NEW UNFCCC EXECUTIVE SECRETARY APPOINTED

Joke Waller-Hunter of the Netherlands has been appointed as the new Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Waller-Hunter replaces outgoing Executive Secretary Michael Zammit Cutajar (Malta), who retired at the end of January. Waller-Hunter was the Director of the Division for Sustainable Development within the Department of Economic and Social Affairs of the UN Secretariat before taking up her present post as the Environment Director at OECD in Paris. For more information visit: http://www.unfccc.int/wnew/index.html

 

JANUARY

 

2002 ECOSOC PRESIDENT ELECTED

Ambassador Ivan �imonovic, Permanent Representative of Croatia, has been elected President of the 2002 session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). He served as Vice-President of ECOSOC from January 2001 until his recent election as President. For more information visit: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2002/ecosoc5995.doc.htm

 

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