UN names Singaporean, Qatari to head bodies

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointments of a leading women's rights advocate from Singapore and a senior diplomat from Qatar to head the world body's regional bodies working to advance economic and social development in Asia.

UN names Singaporean, Qatari to head bodies
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointments of a leading women's rights advocate from Singapore and a senior diplomat from Qatar to head the world body's regional bodies working to advance economic and social development in Asia.

Noeleen Heyzer of Singapore will head the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN spokesperson Marie Okabe told reporters at the UN Headquarters.

Heyzer has been "the first executive director from the South to head the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), where she has worked to promote women's empowerment and gender equality," she said.

Heyzer played a critical role in the Security Council's adoption of Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and undertook extensive missions to conflict-affected countries worldwide to ensure its implementation to make a difference in women's lives on the ground.

She will replace Kim Hak-Su of the Republic of Korea, who has held the post of Executive Secretary of ESCAP since 2000.

The UN chief also appointed Bader Al-Dafa of Qatar as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA).

Al-Dafa has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in foreign affairs and nongovernmental services, which has included representing Qatar as ambassador to the Russian Federation, France, Egypt and Spain, Okabe said.

He has also served as the nonresident ambassador to Finland, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Switzerland and Mexico.

Al-Dafa will begin his Beirut-based appointment in early August, Okabe said.

Agencies
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