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NOVEMBER

 

HORWITZ JOINS OZONE SECRETARIAT

Paul Horwitz will be joining the Montreal Protocol secretariat as its new Deputy Executive Secretary. Horwitz, who was a US negotiator, will replace outgoing Deputy Michael Graber, who is retiring in at the end of 2004. The new appointment was officially announced during the Sixteenth Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol in late November, when delegates thanked Graber for his many years’ service, and welcomed ozone veteran Horwitz to his new position.

 

IISDRS SENDS CONDOLENCES UPON PASSING AWAY OF HUTTON ARCHER

IISD Reporting Services sends its condolences to the Archer family and the GEF upon the death of Hutton Archer. A Guyanese communications specialist, Archer was Senior External Relations Coordinator at the GEF. He has also Chief Information Officer with the International Civil Aviation Organization, and worked in communications for UN-HABITAT, CARICOM and Guyana’s Ministry of Information. Archer is remembered for his commitment to communications in the field of environment and sustainable development.

 

URUGUAYAN JOINS RACE FOR TOP TRADE JOB

Ambassador Carlos Pérez del Castillo has officially joined the race to succeed Supachai Panitchpakdi as Director-General of the World Trade Organization. He joins several others in seeking the post. A successor is to be named by May 2005. More information.

 

DESA APPOINTS SUNDARAM TO SENIOR POST

Jomo Kwame Sundaram has been appointed Assistant Secretary-General on Economic Development, a new post created this year as part of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s reform to support policy coherence and management in the Department. Sundaram, a Malaysian national, will also serve as the senior adviser to Jose Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic Affairs. More.

 

NEW TEAM APPOINTED TO ORGANIZE SECOND PHASE OF WSIS, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED

Yoshio Utsumi, Secretary-General of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the agency charged with organizing the Summit, has announced the appointment of a team to organize the second phase of the WSIS to be held in Tunis from 16 -18 November 2005. Charles Geiger has been appointed Executive Director of the WSIS Executive Secretariat. Other members of the team include three senior ITU officials: Art Levin, Chief of the ITU Coordination, External Relations and Communication Units; Tim Kelly, Chief of ITU Strategy and Policy Unit; and Fernando Lagraña, Executive Manager of ITU TELECOM. The organizing team will work with Member States and Information Society partners to help build on the momentum gained during the first phase in Geneva to create the framework for an equitable Information Society. More.

 

SEPTEMBER

 

NEW DIRECTOR BEGINS WORK AT GEF OFFICE OF MONITORING AND EVALUATION

Robert D. van den Berg took up his position at the Global Environment Facility as the Director of Monitoring and Evaluation in Washington, D.C on 7 September 2004. Van den Berg comes to the GEF from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where he worked for 24 years in various positions within development cooperation and other policy domains. More.

 

FORMER PRESIDENT OF COSTA RICA TO ASSUME WSSCC CHAIR

José Maria Figueres, a former President of Costa Rica, will assume the Chairmanship of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). Figueres, who also serves as CEO of the World Economic Forum, will succeed Jan Pronk, who was recently appointed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative in the Sudan. The official handover of the Chairmanship from Sir Richard Jolly to Figueres will occur during the Global WASH Forum, scheduled for 29 November to 3 December in Dakar, Senegal. More.

 

RICUPERO RETIRES FROM UNCTAD

Rubens Ricupero, the Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), has left the organization after nine years in the top job. He was the fifth person to lead UNCTAD in its 40-year history. Ricupero marked his departure with a speech in which he reflected on both UNCTAD’s past and possible future, urging that the “central concern of UNCTAD must be with the ethical and human dimensions of development.” While a permanent replacement has yet to be named, Carlos Fortín of Chile has been appointed acting Secretary-General. Read Ricupero’s final address as Secretary-General, and Ricupero’s biographical details.

 

NEW COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER JOINS MEDWET

Sofia Syprou has joined the MedWet Coordination Unit as the new Communications Officer based in the Ramsar Convention’s office in Athens, Greece. Syprou has worked broadly across the fields of environment, economics and sustainability, focusing both on policy analysis and communications. The MedWet Initiative is a long-term, collaborative effort towards the conservation and wise-use of wetlands in the Mediterranean, governed by the rules and procedures of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. For more information visit: http://www.medwet.org/news/news_announcements.html

 

AYRE LEAVES STAKEHOLDER FORUM FOR DEFRA

Georgina Ayre will be leaving Stakeholder Forum for Our Common Future on 1 October, where she was Head of Policy and Research, to join the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs as a Policy Advisor.

 

AUGUST

 

HEPWORTH TAKES OVER AS NEW CMS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

Robert Hepworth, formerly Head of Global Wildlife in the UK at DEFRA and Deputy Director of UNEP’s Division for Environmental Conventions, is the new Executive Secretary of the Convention on Migratory Species. Robert Hepworth is replacing former CMS Executive Secretary Arnulf Müller-Helmbrecht, who retired from UN service at the end of July 2004 to return to the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. Read the CMS’s press release on Hepworth’s appointment and Müller-Helmbrecht’s retirement.

 

JIM WILLIS TO LEAVE UNEP CHEMICALS FOR US EPA

Jim Willis, Director of UNEP Chemicals, will depart in October to serve as Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Chemical Control Division. Willis has been Director of UNEP Chemicals since 1995, where he has served as Executive Secretary for the Stockholm and Rotterdam Conventions.

 

SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR APPOINTED TO INVESTIGATE EFFECTS OF TOXIC WASTE DUMPING ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The UN Commission on Human Rights has appointed Okechukwu Ibeanu, a Nigerian environmental expert, as the Special Rapporteur on the adverse effects of the illicit movement and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes on the enjoyment of human rights and on the companies and countries involved in such the practices. Ibeanu will serve as Special Rapporteur until 2007. He succeeds Fatma-Zohra Ouhachi-Vesely of Algeria, who served as Special Rapporteur when the mandate was established in 1995 until July 2004.

 

According to the UNCHR, the new Special Rapporteur would make “a global, multidisciplinary study of existing problems and new trends of and solutions to illicit traffic and dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes, particularly in developing countries,” as well as “concrete recommendations and proposals on adequate measures to control, reduce and eradicate these phenomena.” Ibeanu is also to “produce annually a list of the countries and transnational corporations engaged in the illicit dumping of toxic and dangerous products and wastes in African and other developing countries and a census of human persons killed, maimed or otherwise injured in the developing countries through this heinous act.” More information is available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=11629&Cr=toxic&Cr1=

 

ANNAN APPOINTS SPECIAL ADVISER ON GENDER ISSUES

Rachel Mayanja has been appointed Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Currently the Director of the Human Resources Management Division at the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, Mayanja succeeds Assistant-Secretary-General Angela King, who retired earlier this year. More information is available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=11622&Cr=gender&Cr1=

 

NEW FACES AT UNFF

Two new faces - David Henderson-Howat and Michel Laverdiere - recently joined the United Nations Forum on Forests’ Secretariat to work on forest policy issues. Henderson-Howat was previously the director of policy studies and Chief Conservator Scotland in the UK’s Forestry Commission. Laverdiere has previously worked on international forest policy development for the Canadian International Development Agency and most recently worked for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization on national forestry programmes and national and regional forest policies in East and Southern Africa.

 

NEW RAMSAR OCEANIA ADVISER FOR OCEANIA

The Ramsar Convention has named Seiuli Vainuupo Jungblut as its new subregional adviser for Oceania. Jungblut, a former official with the Samoan Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, will work under the supervision of the South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) to provide the Small Islands States and Territories of the Oceania region with support in the area of wetlands and water conservation and management, and help them join and implement the Ramsar Convention. For more information visit: http://www.ramsar.org/w.n.oceania_advisor.pdf

 

ROCKEFELLER FOUNDATION NAMES RODIN AS NEW PRESIDENT
Judith Rodin is slated to serve as the Rockefeller Foundation’s new President. Rodin, former president of the University of Pennsylvania, will succeed Gordon Conway in March 2005, to become the first female president of the Rockefeller Foundation, an international New York City-based philanthropic institution. More information.

 

JULY

 

OZONE DEPUTY TO RETIRE

Michael Graber, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ozone Secretariat, is set to retire in October. Mr. Graber was given a standing ovation for his “faithful and exemplary service” at a Montreal Protocol Working Group meeting in July (see the “Recent Meetings” section). Delegates expressed the hope that, although he was officially retiring after eight years’ service as Deputy Executive, Mr. Graber would continue to give the ozone community the benefit of his expertise. The Secretariat is likely to name a successor at the 16th Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP-16) in November 2004.

 

OBITUARY: OZONE COMMUNITY MOURNS EXPERT’S DEATH

Ozone experts are mourning the passing of Gérard Mégie, a French national who was co-chair of the Montreal Protocol’s Scientific Assessment Panel. Delegates attending the Montreal Protocol’s Open-ended Working Group in July observed a minute’s silence. Fellow Panel co-Chair Daniel Albritton described his former colleague as a “brilliant” leader who had championed the links between ozone depletion and climate change, as well as further dialogue between science and society. Mr. Mégie would be sorely missed, both professionally and personally, Albritton said. Mr. Mégie was also Chair of the French National Center for Scientific Research, and received numerous prizes and awards recognizing his ongoing contributions to science. For more information, visit: http://www.cnrs.fr/cw/en/accu/divs/megieEng.pdf

 

NAFTA ARBITRATION BOSS QUITS
The head of the US State Department’s North American Free Trade Agreement arbitration division has resigned to return to the private sector. Barton Legum, who led the defense of arbitrations against the US under the NAFTA’s investment chapter, is set to rejoin Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, an international dispute resolution practice. Legum worked at the company for 12 years before joining the US Government. He is expected to join the firm’s Paris office. Andrea J. Menaker replaces Legum at the NAFTA arbitration division. For more information, visit: http://www.iisd.org/pdf/2004/investment_investsd_july16_2004.pdf

 

CHANGES AT UNEP-WCMC
Current UNEP-WCMC Director Mark Collins will be transferred to UNEP headquarters in Nairobi to guide the development of UNEP’s overall biodiversity strategy and a new UNEP-WCMC Director will be recruited. Meanwhile Kaveh Zahedi, UNEP DEWA’s Regional Coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean, will act as Officer in Charge and serve as the Centre’s interim director.

 

ARBOUR ASSUMES DUTIES AS UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Louise Arbour has begun her duties as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Canadian Supreme Court Justice replaces Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed in August 2003 in a bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In the 1990s, Arbour served as chief prosecutor for international tribunals dealing with war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda. More information is available at: http://www.unhchr.ch/huricane/huricane.nsf/view01/
1E853C8917A16568C1256EC4002B9376?opendocument

 

PRONK APPOINTED AS SPECIAL REP FOR SUDAN, SIR RICHARD JOLLY RETURNS TO CHAIR WSSCC
Following his appointment by UN Secretary-General as Special Representative for Sudan, Jan Pronk has decided to step down from his position as Chair of the Water Supply and Sanitation Collaborative Council (WSSCC). At Pronk’s suggestion, and following agreement by the WSSCC Steering Committee, Sir Richard Jolly has agreed to take over his previous role as head of the Council. Sir Richard has expressed his desire that this appointment not be a long term solution, and WSSCC is initiating a search process to identify and approach suitable candidates to fill the key position. More information is available at:
http://www.wsscc.org/index2.cfm?CFID=50806&CFTOKEN=90812137

 

CHANGING FACES AT UNFF

Susan Braatz, who was an FAO secondment with the UN Forum on Forests, ended a three year term as Senior Forest Policy Officer responsible for the forest policy coordination group. Peter Csoka, formerly Director General of Hungary’s State Forest Service, has joined the UNFF Secretariat as a new Senior Forest Policy Officer. Kyaw Kyaw Shane retired after more than 20 years of service to the United Nations. During the past four years, he worked in the UNFF Secretariat as a Senior Forest Policy Officer.

 

JUNE

 

IISD ANNOUNCES NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The International Institute for Sustainable Development has announced the appointment of seven new members to its board of directors. The new directors, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions, are: Stephanie Cairns (Canada), John Michael Forgách (Brazil), Daniel Gagnier (Canada), Gordon McBean (Canada), Jane Rigby (Canada), Mohamed Sahnoun (Algeria), and Mary Simon (Canada). IISD is the publisher of Linkages Update and Earth Negotiations Bulletin. For more information on the appointments, visit: http://www.iisd.org/media/2004/june_10_2004.asp

 

INTERNATIONAL SEABED AUTHORITY ELECTS SECRETARY-GENERAL AND ASSEMBLY AND COUNCIL PRESIDENTS
On 3 June, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) Assembly elected Satya Nandan (Fiji) to a third four-year term as Secretary-General, while a few days earlier on 24 May, Dennis Francis (Trinidad and Tobago) and Baidy Diéne (Senegal) were elected Presidents of the ISA Assembly and Council respectively for 2004. Headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, the ISA is an autonomous international organization established under the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea to organize and control activities of the ocean’s seabed and ocean floor and subsoil. For more information: http://www.isa.org.jm/en/

 

MAY

 

ANTARCTIC TREATY APPOINTS EXECUTIVE SECRETARY
Jan Huber, the Netherlands, has been appointed the first ever Executive Secretary of the Antarctic Treaty. Huber is expected to take up his position at the seat of the Antarctic Treaty Secretariat in Buenos Aires, Argentina in September 2004. More information is available at: http://www.environment.gov.za/NewsMedia/MedStat/2004May26/
antarticTreaty_26052004.html

 

UNCCD SECRETARIAT HIRES NEW PRESS OFFICER
Michel Smitall has taken over Chemin Gloria Kwan’s position in the UNCCD Secretariat’s press office.  Smitall comes to the UNCCD from the UNFCCC Secretariat and can be reached at press@unccd.int

 

APRIL

 

ANGELA KING RETIRES
Angela King, Assistant-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Gender Issues and the Advancement of Women, and head of the DESA eponymous office, retired on 30 April 2004 after almost 40 years of service at the United Nations, including seven years in her role as Special Adviser on the Advancement of Women. On her last International Women’s Day before retiring, Secretary General Annan said she has been “a true trailblazer on behalf of women inside the United Nations and in the world at large.” For the Secretary-General’s comments, see: http://www.un.org/apps/sg/sgstats.asp?nid=806

 

RATO TO TAKE REINS AT IMF
Rodrigo Rato of Spain is set to take over as the new head of the International Monetary Fund, according to reports. The former finance minister secured the backing of the European Union in April, beating out Jean Lemierre of France, who heads the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Traditionally, the top job at the IMF has gone to a European, while the head of the World Bank is American. The European and US dominance of the IMF and World Bank hierarchy has been criticized in recent years, particularly among developing countries. The G-24, an alliance of developing nations, has criticized the latest selection process for failing to deliver the “good governance, transparency and inclusiveness widely advocated by the IMF and the World Bank in their relations with member countries.” More information is available: BBC news; the G-24 criticism of the selection process; and Rato's first press conference.

 

IRRI DIRECTOR GENERAL RESIGNS
The International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) announced that its Director General, Ronald P. Cantrell, will resign at the end of 2004. More information is available at: http://www.irri.org/media/press/press.asp?id=83

 

CDM EXECUTIVE BOARD ELECTS CHAIR AND VICE-CHAIR
The Executive Board of the Kyoto Protocol’s Clean Development Mechanism has elected its Chair for 2004-2005. John Shaibu Kilani of South Africa was named Chair, while Norway’s Georg Borsting will be Vice-Chair. Denmark’s Hans Jürgen Stehr was the outgoing Chair, while Franz Tattenbach Capra of Costa Rica was last year’s Vice-Chair. The Board is responsible for supervising the CDM. For more information on the appointments, visit: http://cdm.unfccc.int/EB/Meetings/013/eb13rep.pdf

 

JOHN HERITY BECOMES NEW IUCN CANADA OFFICE DIRECTOR
John Herity has been appointed as Director of the IUCN Canada Office. Herity will leave his post as Director of the Biodiversity Convention Office in Environment Canada and assume his responsibilities at IUCN in mid-April. More information is available at: http://www.iucn.org/info_and_ne\ws/press/biojherity.pdf

MARCH

EMISSIONS ASSOCIATION ESTABLISHES NEW EUROPEAN COMMITTEE

The Emissions Marketing Association has announced the creation of a European Advisory Committee. The Committee will help develop a European Chapter that will focus on the region’s rapidly evolving carbon emissions market. The Chapter will be based in Brussels.

 

The news follows recent announcements that the Association, which is headquartered in the US, is actively seeking to expand its operations by forming new chapters in different countries and regions. The Committee members for Europe will be: James Atkins (Vertis Environmental Finance); Dietrich Borst (Bundesverband Emissionshandel und Klimaschutz); Jaap Jansen (Energy Research Center of the Netherlands); Jos Cozijnsen (consulting attorney - energy and environment); Adrian Hull (Eaga Partnership); Chris Hunter (Johnson & Johnson); Emma Johansson (BP); Pascal Mallien (Baker and McKenzie); and Delia Villagrasa (European Business Council for Sustainable Energy). For more information, visit: http://www.emissions.org/media/03152004.html

 

IMF HEAD QUITS

International Monetary Fund Managing Director Horst Köhler has resigned following his nomination for the German presidency. He has been replaced by First Deputy Managing Director Anne Krueger, who will head the Fund until the Executive Board names a successor to Mr. Köhler. The surprise resignation, made on 4 March, was effective immediately. A former deputy finance minister in Germany in the early 1990s, Köhler had been with the fund since May 2000.

 

According to news reports, Köhler’s sudden resignation has rekindled ongoing disputes over the selection process used to appoint the heads of the Fund and the World Bank. Reuters says IMF sources have identified Jean Lemierre (France), Andrew Crockett (UK), Caio Koch-Weser (Germany), Rodrigo Rato (Spain), Mario Draghi (Italy), and Gordon Brown (UK) as potential candidates for the chief IMF post. In the past, the Fund has been directed by a European, while the World Bank presidency is held by an American. Developing countries have been critical of this approach. For more information, visit the IMF website: http://www.imf.org/external/np/sec/pr/2004/pr0443.htm and news coverage in the Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A31701-2004Mar4.html

 

OZONE FUND NAMES NEW HEAD
Maria Nolan has been appointed as the new Chief Officer of the Secretariat for the Multilateral Fund for Implementation of the Montreal Protocol. Nolan was previously the Head of Stratospheric Ozone Policy in the UK, as well as President of the Montreal Protocol’s Implementation Committee and co-chair of the Protocol’s Open Ended Working Group. She succeeds Dr Omar El-Arini of Egypt, who retired after managing the Secretariat since it was first established in 1991.

 

The Fund aims to assist developing countries that are parties to the Montreal Protocol to comply with the control measures for ozone-depleting substances set out under the treaty. The Fund is managed by an Executive Committee, which in 2004 will be chaired by Marcia Levaggi of Argentina, with Paul Krajnik of Austria as Vice Chair. Since 1991, the Fund has approved activities worth about US$1.6 billion to secure the phase-out of approximately 180,000 tonnes of ozone-depleting substances. More information on the appointment is available online at: http://www.unmfs.org/PDF/PRChiefOfficer.pdf

 

NATIONAL WILDLIFE FEDERATION NAMES PRESIDENT AND CEO
Larry Schweiger has been appointed the new president and chief executive officer of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Schweiger, who will begin his new position on 5 April 2004, has previously served as president and CEO of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, US, the NWF is a US conservation organization that seeks to create solutions that balance the needs of people and wildlife for present and future generations. More information is available at: http://www.nwf.org/about/newPresident2004.cfm

 

FEBRUARY

 

UN APPOINTS NEW HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
Louise Arbour of Canada has been named the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Canadian Supreme Court Justice replaces Sergio Vieira de Mello, who was killed last August in a bomb attack on the UN headquarters in Baghdad. In the 1990s, Arbour served as chief prosecutor for international tribunals dealing with war crimes in the former Yugoslavia and genocide in Rwanda. Arbour will begin her new post in June after her appointment is approved by the UN General Assembly. More information is available at: http://www.unwire.org/News/328_426_13360.asp

 

WTO ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIRPERSONS
The World Trade Organization has announced its chairpersons for the next year. In total, 21 chairs have been named for the WTO’s various bodies, which include a variety of committees, working groups, councils, and special sessions. The list was made public earlier this month after being endorsed by the WTO’s General Council.

 

Key appointments include Japanese Ambassador Shotaro Oshima as chair of the General Council. Meanwhile, Kenya’s Amina Mohamed will take charge of the Dispute Settlement Body, Naéla Gabr of Egypt will chair the Trade and Environment Committee, and Trevor Clarke of Barbados will run the Committee on Trade and Development. Joshua Law (Hong Kong, China) will chair the TRIPS (Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property) Council. For a full listing of appointments for 2004, visit: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/pres04_e/pr371_e.htm

 

WBCSD ANNOUNCES NEW CHAIR

Bertrand Collomb has been elected the new Chair of the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD). The Chairman and CEO of Lafarge, a world leading building materials manufacturer, Collomb is taking over the two-year Chairmanship from Sir Philip Watts of Shell. More information is available at: http://www.wbcsd.org/includes/getTarget.asp?type=DocDet&id=4046

 

NEW RAMSAR ASSISTANT AFRICA ADVISOR
Ahmed El-Sabban of Egypt has started his new position as the Ramsar Convention Secretariat’s new assistant advisor for Africa. El Sabban, previously working with the Egyptian Ministry of Environment’s on a GEF/UNDP project on medicinal plants, will replace Nassima Aghanim and report to Senior Advisor for Africa Abou Bamba. For more information visit the Ramsar Convention website: http://www.ramsar.org/w.n.html

 

CAMILLA TOULMIN APPOINTED NEW IIED DIRECTOR
Camilla Toulmin has been appointed Director of the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). Toulmin joined IIED in 1987 to set up the Drylands Programme. Prior to this, she worked for the International Livestock Research Institute and the Overseas Development Institute, and was a member of the International Expert Panel supporting the preparation of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification. Toulmin was appointed to the position of acting Director of IIED in July 2003 following the resignation of former Director Nigel Cross, who left the organization on the grounds of ill health. More information is available at: http://www.iied.org/aboutiied/press.html#040204

 

JANUARY

 

MARJATTA RASI ELECTED FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT OF ECOSOC
Ambassador Marjatta Rasi, Finland’s Permanent Representative to the UN, has been elected President of the UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Finland’s Ambassador to the UN since 1998, Ms. Rasi succeeds Ambassador Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala) to become the first woman ever to take the helm at ECOSOC. More information is available at: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=9534&Cr=ecosoc&Cr1=

 

BARBUT APPOINTED NEW HEAD OF UNEP-DTIE
Monique Barbut has been appointed the new Director of the Technology, Industry and Economics Division at the United Nations Environment Programme. Barbut, a French national, was previously in charge of operations for her country’s overseas departments and territories, and was the Director for all Caribbean, Pacific and Indian Ocean activities at the French Agency for Development. She brings considerable expertise in the international sustainable development finance field. Barbut has been DTIE�s officer in charge since last September, succeeding Jacqueline Aloisi de Larderel who retired from UNEP in April 2003. More information is available at: http://www.unep.org/Documents.Multilingual/
Default.asp?DocumentID=370&ArticleID=4338&l=en

 

NEW IMO SECRETARY-GENERAL
As of 1 January 2004, Efthimios Mitropoulos (Greece) took over as head of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), the United Nations agency responsible for maritime safety and security and the prevention of marine pollution from ships. Mitropoulos joined the IMO Secretariat in January 1979 as Implementation Officer in the Maritime Safety Division and served in a number of roles before being designated Assistant Secretary-General in May 2000. He was elected Secretary-General at the 90th session of the IMO Council in June 2003 and his appointment was approved at the 23rd regular session of the IMO Assembly in November 2003. More information: http://www.imo.org/home.asp

 

NEW WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL CEO
Jane Madgwick, formerly with the WWF�s Global Living Waters Programme, has been named the new CEO of Wetlands International. She will take up her new post in March 2004. More information is available at: http://www.wetlands.org/news&/NewsItems/CEO.htm

 

DAVID MORGAN APPOINTED HEAD OF CITES SCIENTIFIC UNIT
David Morgan has been appointed Head of the CITES Scientific Unit. A British national with extended experience in CITES scientific and implementation matters, Morgan was also Chair of Committee I at CITES COP-12. He will take up his new post in February/March 2004. For more information: http://www.cites.org/eng/news/sundry/sec_new_staff0311.shtml

 

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