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This page was updated on: 01/13/10

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DECEMBER

 

JAN PRONK ASSUMES CHAIRMANSHIP OF WSSCC
Jan Pronk, former Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation and former Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, is the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC), a Geneva-based international organization that enhances collaboration in the water supply and sanitation sector with the aim of attaining universal coverage of water and sanitation services for poor people everywhere. The handover of the chairmanship from Sir Richard Jolly to Jan Pronk took place during the Geneva Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH Campaign) week and the WASH Partnership Meeting, which convened from 15-19 December 2003. While continuing to work for the UN Task Force on the Millennium Development Goals for water and sanitation, Sir Richard Jolly, who has served the WSSCC since 1997, will now turn his attention to a 14-volume history of the United Nation’s involvement in economic and social development. More information is available at: http://www.wsscc.org/load.cfm?edit_id=456

 

MACHINEA BEGINS NEW ROLE AS ECLAC HEAD
Former Argentine Minister of Economy Jose Luis Machinea officially began his duties as Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean on 10 December. Appointed to the post on 30 October 2003, Machinea replaces Jose Antonio Ocampo, who left ECLAC to become Under-Secretary-General for economic and social affairs. ECLAC is headquartered in Santiago, Chile. More information is available at: ECLAC release

 

CHOWDHURY APPOINTED CHIEF OF BPOA+10 REVIEW
UN Under-Secretary-General Anwarul K. Chowdhury has been appointed the secretary-general of the International Meeting for the 10-year review of the 1994 Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of the Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The International Meeting will take place in Mauritius from 30 August to 4 September 2004, and will be preceded by an Inter-regional Meeting scheduled for January in the Bahamas and a preparatory meeting to be held during the twelfth session of the Commission on Sustainable Development in April in New York. Chowdhury is also the UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and SIDS. More information is available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?
NewsID=9142&Cr=sustainable&Cr1=development

 

DJOGHLAF APPOINTED UNEP'S ASSISTANT EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Ahmed Djoghlaf has been appointed Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, and will serve as Officer-in-Charge in the absence of the agency's Executive Director and Deputy Executive Director. Djoghlaf has worked with UNEP since 1995, enhancing its profile in the GEF in his capacity as the UNEP/GEF Coordinator. More information is available at: http://enb.iisd.org/whats_new/Article-DJOGHLAF.pdf
 

WORLD BANK NAMES NEW INVESTMENT AGENCY HEAD
The World Bank Group has appointed Yukiko Omura to head the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Omura has more than 20 years of international experience in the financial services sector, and is currently CEO of the AIDS Prevention Fund, a charitable company based in London that raises finances for worldwide HIV/AIDS prevention. She will join the Bank in March 2004. Omura replaces Motomichi Ikawa, who headed MIGA for five years. MIGA encourages foreign direct investment into developing countries by providing non-commercial risk insurance. It also offers investment marketing services to help developing countries promote their own private investment opportunities more effectively. For more information on the appointment.

 

IFC NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Rachel Kyte has been named the new Director of the Environment and Social Development Department at the International Finance Corporation (IFC). Kyte, who replaces Gavin Murray, will begin her duties on 26 January 2004. More information is available at: http://www.ifc.org/ and http://www.cao-ombudsman.org/ev.php

 

NOVEMBER

 

SALIL SHETTY TO DIRECT MDG CAMPAIGN

UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown named Salil Shetty (India) as Director of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Campaign. Shetty and his team will work with UNDP and the broader UN system to promote the MDGs globally and secure increased participation from governments and civil society stakeholders, particularly in the South. Prior to this appointment, Shetty was Chief Executive of Action Aid, a non-governmental organization focused on eradicating poverty in Asia, Africa and other regions. For more information on this appointment, see the UN press release: http://www.un.org/News/Press/docs/2003/bio3542.doc.htm

 

RIIA NAMES NEW HEAD OF SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME
Richard Tarasofsky has been appointed the new Head of the Sustainable Development Programme at the Royal Institute of International Affairs (RIIA). Tarasofsky, who is formerly a Berlin-based independent international lawyer specializing in trade, biodiversity, climate change, and European environmental law, replaces Duncan Brack, who continues as an Associate Fellow of the Institute. More information about the Sustainable Development Programme is available at: http://www.riia.org/index.php?
id=69&PHPSESSID=ec51116567f3098bb632967dbe23d4a7

 

NEW IHA PRESIDENT
Dogan Altinbilek, a professor at Middle East Technical University (METU) in Turkey, has been elected to serve as the President of the International Hydropower Association (IHA). For more information visit: http://www.hydropower.org/Candidates2003/Altinbilek_D.htm

 

NEW GENDER AND WATER ALLIANCE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Maria Arce Moreira de Haagsma (Bolivia) has been chosen as the new Executive Secretary of the Gender and Water Alliance (GWA). Before joining GWA, she worked for Greenpeace International where she supported the organizational development, strategic planning and financial performance of the national offices in Latin America and Spain. For more information visit: http://www.irc.nl/source/item.php/2826

 

APPOINTMENTS TO OCEAN’S NEW EUROPEAN OFFICE
Xavier Pastor, a marine biologist who has led the MarViva biological corridor project in Central America, has been named the Director of the new Oceana European headquarters. Ricardo Aguilar, Director of the FUHEM Centre of Environmental Research, will head the new office’s Research and Projects department. For more information visit: http://europe.oceana.org/english/news/launch-11182003.htm

 

OCTOBER

 

FORMER ARGENTINE ECONOMY MINISTER TO HEAD ECLAC
Former Argentine Economy Minister Jose Luis Machinea has been appointed the new Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). Machinea replaces Jose Antonio Ocampo, who assumed the role of Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs in September. More information is available at: http://www.eclac.cl/cgi-bin/getProd.asp?xml=/prensa/noticias/
comunicados/1/13501/P13501.xml&xsl=/prensa/tpl-i/
p6f.xsl&base=\tpl-i\top-bottom.xsl

 

EMA ELECTS BOARD FOR 2004
The Emissions Marketing Association (EMA) has appointed its Board of Directors for 2004. The Board, which was announced late October 2003, confirmed the reappointment of Matthew Most, a senior emissions trader at Edison Mission Marketing and Trading, as EMA Chair. For more information visit: http://www.emissions.org/media/10302003.html

 

NEW GLOBAL WATER PARTNERSHIP TECHNICAL COMMITTEE CHAIR
Earth Institute water expert Roberto Lenton has been has appointed Chair of the Technical Committee for the Global Water Partnership. Lenton, who has worked in the field of sustainable water management for over 30 years, is also Co-Chair of the Task Force on Water and Sanitation for the Millennium Project. For more information, visit: http://www.gwpforum.org/servlet/PSP?iNodeID=211&itemId=3235

 

WORLD WATER COUNCIL NAMES COSGROVE AS NEW PRESIDENT
William Cosgrove has been appointed the new President of the World Water Council, a cross-sectoral water policy think tank that aims to promote global water awareness at the highest political level. Previously the Vice President of the Council, Cosgrove has also directed the “Vision for Water, Life and the Environment in the 21st Century,” the results of which were published under the title “World Water Vision: Making Water Everybody’s Business” and presented during the 2nd World Water Forum in The Hague. Cosgrove also supervised “World Water Actions Making Water Flow for All,” a report launched at the 3rd World Water Forum in Kyoto of a two-year action monitoring programme that aimed to bring the Vision to reality. More information is available at: http://www.worldwatercouncil.org/download/PR_WJC_new_president_3.10.03.pdf

 

GENEVA ENVIRONMENT NETWORK NAMES NEW COORDINATOR
Sofie Flensborg has been hired as the new coordinator of the Geneva Environment Network (GEN). A native of Denmark, Flensborg has previously worked with the UNECE as a member of the Aarhus Convention Secretariat. Flensborg replaces Aniket Ghai, who is now responsible for UNEP’s work on the Occupied Palestinian Territories, is working with UNEP’s Post-Conflict Assessment Unit. GEN is a cooperative partnership between over 40 environment and sustainable development organizations and units based in the International Environment House and elsewhere in the Geneva area, including United Nations offices and programmes, specialized agencies and NGOs. The partnership aims at improving information dissemination and public outreach, and at developing other joint activities. More information on GEN is available at: http://www.environmenthouse.ch/network.html

 

 

SEPTEMBER

 

O’CONNOR HEADS UN DSD’S POLICY BRANCH
David O’Connor began heading up the UN Division for Sustainable Development’s Policy, Integration, Analysis and Evaluation Branch in September 2003. Prior to this position, O’Connor had been on the research team of the OECD Development Centre since 1989, where he most recently served as Principal Economist.

NOÉ VAN HULST TAKES OVER IEA’S LONG-TERM OFFICE
Noé van Hulst has assumed his duties as the new Director of the International Energy Agency’s Office of Long-Term Cooperation and Policy Analysis. A Dutch national, van Hulst is the former Director-General for Competition and Energy at the Ministry of Economic Affairs in the Netherlands. He has also chaired the Executive Board of the International Energy Forum. The IEA’s Office of Long-Term Cooperation and Policy Analysis studies the coal, gas and electricity sectors, including nuclear and renewable energy sources. Dr. van Hulst took up his new post in September. He succeeds Olivier Appert. For more information visit: http://library.iea.org/dbtw-wpd/presrel.aspx?id=103

JOSÉ OCAMPO BEGINS USG TERM
José Antonio Ocampo began his term as United Nations Under-Secretary-General of Economic and Social Affairs on 1 September 2003. His previous appointment, which began in January 1998, was Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the
Caribbean. More information is available online at: http://www.un.org/esa/sustdev/media/key_people_ocampo.htm

PHILIP WELLER APPOINTED ICPDR EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Philip Weller, former director of WWF’s Danube-Carpathian Programme, has been appointed the next Executive Secretary of the UNDP/GEF- supported International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR). Weller will replace outgoing Executive Secretary Joachim Bendow. For more information visit: http://www.icpdr.org/pls/danubis/danubis_db.dyn_navigator.show

 

NEW RAMSAR AFRICAN REGIONAL COORDINATOR
Abou Bakari Bamba from Cote d’Ivoire will take over from Anada Tiéga as the Ramsar Convention on Wetland’s new regional coordinator for Africa. Bamba has been working with the Network for Environment and Sustainable Development in Africa (NESDA) since 1998. For more information visit: http://www.ramsar.org/w.n.staff_bamba1.htm


VASILYEV LEAVES UNDESA TO JOIN UNECE
Andrey Vasilyev will be leaving the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) in New York on 4 September 2003 to work for the UN Economic Commission for Europe based in Geneva. Vasilyev, Senior Officer in the Office of the Director of DESA’s Division for Sustainable Development, will be joining the ECE as Director for Coordination of Operational Activities.


AUGUST

 

SVEIN TVEITDAL TO RUN UNEP’S POLICY, CONVENTION DIVISIONS
Svein Tveitdal of Norway has been appointed as the new Director of UNEP’s Division of Environmental Policy Implementation (DEPI) and Division of Environmental Conventions (DEC). Most recently the Managing Director of UNEP/GRID Arendal in southern Norway, Tveitdal has previously worked in both the private and public sectors in various fields, including engineering and surveying. He succeeds Donald Kaniaru of Kenya, who retired as Director of DEPI after more than 30 years with UNEP. For more information visit: http://www.unep.org/Documents/Default.asp?DocumentID=331&ArticleID=4063

 

STEPHEN LONERGAN APPOINTED DIRECTOR OF UNEP’S DEWA
Stephen Lonergan has been appointed the new Director of UNEP’s Division of Early Warning and Assessment. Prior to joining UNEP, Lonergan held the position of Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Lonergan's research has focused on water resources in the Middle East, environmental change and population movement, and on assessing the impacts of climate change. More information on DEWA is available at: http://www.unep.org/dewa/index.asp

 

BRIDGEWATER BEGINS DUTIES AT RAMSAR
Peter Bridgewater began his role as the new Secretary General of Ramsar on 4 August 2003. Outgoing Secretary General, Delmar Blasco has settled in Catalonia, Spain, where he is starting a consultancy and translation/editing service.

 

CHIEF OF UN CIVIL AVIATION AGENCY CHERIF BEGINS DUTIES
Taïeb Chérif has assumed office as the new Secretary-General of the UN civil aviation agency. Appointed by the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization, Chérif will serve a three-year term. Chérif who hails from Algeria succeeds Renato Cláudio Costa Pereira of Brazil who held the position since 1997. More information is available at: http://www0.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=7903&Cr=civil&Cr1=aviation

 

GLECKMAN APPOINTED CHIEF OF NYO
Harris Gleckman has recently been selected as the Chief of UNCTAD’s New York Office.

 

JULY

 

LEE BEGINS DUTIES AS HEAD OF WHO
Jong-Wook Lee began his term as the new chief of the World Health Organization (WHO) on 21 July. Succeeding Gro Harlem Brundtland, Lee has pledged to focus the WHO on achieving results in countries, helping to tackle the widespread human resources crisis in the health sector, and prioritizing HIV/AIDS. More information is available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=7780&Cr=world&Cr1=health

 

DESAI APPOINTED AS SPECIAL ADVISER FOR WORLD INFORMATION SUMMIT
Nitin Desai, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, as Annan’s Special Adviser for the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS). The WSIS, which aims to bridge the digital divide between rich and poor, is the first UN summit to address issues arising from the information society, including critical issues in the use and dissemination of information and communications technology in development programmes and policies. Desai was the Secretary-General of the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg last year. More information is available at: http://www0.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?
NewsID=7782&Cr=information&Cr1=technology

 

UNESCO-IHE INSTITUTE FOR WATER EDUCATION NAMES MEGANCK FIRST DIRECTOR

Richard Meganck was installed as the first Director of the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, leaving his former post as Director of Sustainable Development and Environment at the Organization of American States. Meganck undertook his first public function with UNESCO-IHE on 17 July 2003 in an address at the UNESCO-IHE Symposium on Water Education and Capacity Building. More information is available online at: http://www.ihe.nl/vmp/articles/News/NEW-New-DirectorRMG.html

 

EARTHWATCH EUROPE NAMES VORHIES AS NEW CEO
Frank Vorhies has been appointed as Chief Executive of Earthwatch Institute’s European office. Vorhies will leave his post as Head of the Business Unit at IUCN-The World Conservation Union to join Earthwatch on 1 August 2003. More information is available online at: http://www.earthwatch.org/pubaffairs/news/ceo_uk.html

 

WRI APPOINTS PERSHING AS DIRECTOR OF CLIMATE PROGRAMME
Jonathan Pershing has been appointed director of the Climate, Energy, and Pollution Program of the World Resources Institute (WRI). Pershing, who currently heads the Energy and Environment Division of the International Energy Agency in Paris, will begin his duties at WRI in September 2003. More information is available online at: http://newsroom.wri.org/newsrelease_text.cfm?NewsReleaseID=250

 

JUNE

 

JACQUELINE ALOISI DE LARDEREL RETIRES
Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel, head of UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE) and Assistant Executive Director of UNEP, is retiring after 15 years of service with UNEP. More information is available at: http://www.uneptie.org/dtie/farewell.htm

 

OCAMPO APPOINTED AS UNDER-SECRETARY-GENERAL FOR ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL AFFAIRS
José Antonio Ocampo has been appointed the new Chief of the United Nations Department for Economic and Social Affairs. Ocampo, who has been serving as Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) since 1998, will replace Nitin Desai and begin his duties in September 2003.

 

REMI PARMENTIER LEAVES GREENPEACE, FORMS VARDA GROUP
After over 25 years of working at Greenpeace, the international organization’s Political Director, Remi Parmentier, will leave the NGO. Parmentier will join forces with another Greenpeace veteran, Kelly Rigg, to form the Varda Group, a consulting service that aims to provide strategic services and support for "creating change for the benefit of people and the planet." The Varda Group’s activities include: developing and implementing projects that improve the environment, health, and social welfare; building capacity and sharing of expertise with NGOs; and providing strategic advice to NGOs, governments, business and intergovernmental organizations for the purposes of accelerating positive change. More information on the Varda Group is available at: http://www.vardagroup.org

 

WIPO DIRECTOR GENERAL REAPPOINTED FOR SIX-YEAR TERM

The World Intellectual Property Organization General Assembly has reappointed WIPO Director General Kamil Idris for a second six-year term, beginning 1 December 2003. More information is available at: http://www.wipo.org/pressroom/en/releases/2003/p348.htm

 

CIDA APPOINTS NEW PRESIDENT AND SENIOR VICE-PRESIDENT
On 5 May 2003, the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) appointed Paul Thibault as its new President, and Peter Daniel as its new Senior Vice-President. Thibault previously served as Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Associate Deputy Minister of Industry, while Daniel was Vice-President of CIDA’s Central and Eastern Europe Branch.

 

MAY

 

WMO APPOINTS NEW CHIEF
Michel Jarraud was appointed to a four-year term as Secretary-General of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) at the recent 14th World Meteorological Congress held in Geneva. He will assume his new position on 1 January 2004, succeeding current WMO chief Godwin O.P. Obasi of Nigeria. More information is available online at: http://www.wmo.ch/web/Press/Press692.doc

 

APRIL

 

GOOD RECOMMENDED AS NEW GEF CEO/CHAIR
Having completed the selection process for the new CEO/Chair of the Global Environment Facility, the heads of UNDP, UNEP and the World Bank – the GEF’s three implementing agencies have recommended Len Good to succeed outgoing CEO/Chair Mohammed T. El-Ashry. Good will assume his new post after El-Ashry leaves the GEF in July 2003. More information can be found online at: http://www.gefweb.org/Documents/Council_Documents/GEF_C21
/C.21.3_Letter_of_recommendation_on_the_CEO.pdf

 

GA CONFIRMS SECOND TERM FOR UNDP CHIEF
The United Nations General Assembly has confirmed Mark Malloch Brown to another four-year term as the head of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) beginning 1 July 2003. More information is available online at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?
NewsID=6764&Cr=malloch&Cr1=brown

 

MARCH

 

PRONK NAMED NEW WSSCC CHAIR
Jan Pronk, former Dutch Minister for Development Cooperation and previous Dutch Minister of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment, has been designated as the new Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). Pronk will replace the current Chair Sir Richard Jolly at the Council’s first WASH Global Forum to be held in Dakar, Senegal in December 2003. More information is available at: http://www.wsscc.org/load.cfm?edit_id=363

 

PARAKATIL LEAVES IUCN WESCANA PROGRAMME

Francis Parakatil, head of IUCN’s Programme for West, Central Asia and North Africa (WESCANA), is retiring this year after 16 years on the job. Until the new location of the WESCANA Programme is identified and a new Regional Director recruited, William J. Jackson, Director Global Programme, will act as the ad interim Regional Director, supported by Mohammad Rafiq, Senior Advisor-Global Programme, and the WESCANA team.

 

FEBRUARY

 

RAMSAR SELECTS NEW SECRETARY GENERAL
The Ramsar Bureau announced at the 29th meeting of its Standing Committee, the appointment of Peter Bridgewater as the Convention’s new Secretary General. Bridgewater who will assume his new position in August 2003 replaces Delmar Blasco, who will be stepping down at the end of July 2003 after eight years of service for the Wetlands Convention. More information.

 

EU ENVIRONMENT AGENCY APPOINTS NEW CHIEF
Jacqueline McGlade, a British-Canadian environmental scientist, has been appointed as the next executive director of the European environment agency. McGlade will take over the position from Gordon McInnes in June 2003. McInnes has been the Agency’s interim director since the agency's first chief, Domingo Jiménez Beltrán, retired in May 2002. More information.

 

IPGRI APPOINTS DIRECTOR GENERAL DESIGNATE
The Board of Trustees of the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI) has appointed Emile Frison as IPGRI’s Director General Designate. Frison, who is currently Director of the International Network for the Improvement of Banana and Plantain - one of IPGRI’s three programmes, will take over as Director General of IPGRI on 1 August 2003, when the term of office of current Director General Geoffrey Hawtin, ends. More information.

 

JANUARY

 

SCIENTIFIC SUPPORT CHIEF LEAVES CITES SECRETARIAT

Malan Lindeque has left his position as Chief of the Scientific Support Unit of the CITES Secretariat. Lindeque has been appointed as the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia. More information is available online at: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/sundry/mal.shtml

 

ECOSOC ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT

The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) held its first meeting for 2003 on 15 January, electing UN Ambassador Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala) as its President for 2003-2004. The Council also elected as its Vice-Presidents Marjatta Rasi (Finland), Valery P. Kuchinsky (Ukraine), Murari Raj Sharma (Nepal), and Abdul Mejid Hussein (Ethiopia).

 

ECOSOC is responsible for promoting higher standards of living, full employment, and economic and social progress; identifying solutions to international economic, social and health problems; facilitating international cultural and educational cooperation; and encouraging universal respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. The main functions of the ECOSOC Bureau are to propose the agenda of the Council, draw up a programme of work and organize the session with the support of the United Nations Secretariat. More information is available online at: http://www.un.org/esa/coordination/ecosoc/

 

NEW SPREP DIRECTOR BEGINS TERM

The recently appointed Asterio Takesy (Micronesia) has begun his term as Director of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP). Takesy, the former Executive Director of Micronesia�s Joint Committee on Compact Economic Negotiations, will replace outgoing SPREP Director Taman�i Tutangata who returned to the Cook Islands after completing the maximum six-year term

 

Headquartered in Apia, Samoa, SPREP is the Pacific region�s main environmental organization, with 26 member countries and territories, including the US, Australia, New Zealand and France. Its mandate is to promote cooperation in the South Pacific region, provide assistance in order to protect and improve its environment and ensure sustainable development for present and future generations. More information is available online at: http://www.sprep.org.ws/PressRelease/2003/pr0203_.htm

 

WHO WILL HEAD WHO NEXT? LEE CHOSEN TO LEAD WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION
Following months of searching for a new Chief to replace outgoing Director-General Gro Harlem Brundtland, the WHO Executive Board has nominated Jong Wook Lee to head the UN agency. Following the approval of his nomination at the 56th World Health Assembly this May, Lee will succeed Brundtland as the agency�s chief technical and administrative officer and policymaker, beginning his five-year term on 21 July. For more information, visit: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/releases/pr4/en/

 

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