17 January 2007

USGs and ASGs à la carte. Complete list of vacant top UN posts

Comments, views and ideas on candidates later.

At the moment – to end the buzz of "what USG and ASG posts they're talking about?" – here it is. The complete list of Under-Secretary-General and Assistant-Secretary-General posts to be filled by Ban Ki-moon.

Under-Secretaries-General

  1. USG for Management (Christopher B. Burnham)
  2. USG for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management (GACM) (Chen Jian)
  3. USG, High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (Anwarul Karim Chowdhury)
  4. USG for Political Affairs (DPA) (Ibrahim A. Gambari)
  5. USG for Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) (Jean-Marie Guéhenno)
  6. USG, Associate Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) (Ad Melkert)
  7. USG for Legal Affairs, Legal Counsel (Nicolas Michel)
  8. USG, Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) (Thoraya Ahmed Obaid)
  9. USG for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) (José Antonio Ocampo)
  10. USG for Disarmament Affairs (DDA) (Nobuaki Tanaka)
  11. USG for Communication and Public Information (DPI) (Shashi Tharoor)
  12. USG for Safety and Security (David Veness)
  13. USG, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) (Marek Belka)
  14. USG, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV)/ Executive Director of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (Antonio Maria Costa)
  15. USG, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) (Abdoulie Janneh)
  16. USG, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) (Kim Hak-su)
  17. USG, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) (José Luis Machinea)
  18. USG, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG) (Sergei Ordzhonikidze)
  19. USG, Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) (Peter Piot)
  20. USG, Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) (Mervat Tallawy)
Assistant-Secretaries-General

  1. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Regional Director for Arab States (UNDP) (Amat Al Alim Alsoswa)
  2. ASG (DPKO) (Hédi Annabi)
  3. ASG for Human Resources Management (OHRM) (Jan Beagle)
  4. ASG for Policy Coordination and Inter-agency Affairs (DESA) (Patrizio Civili)
  5. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Director, Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery (UNDP) (Kathleen Cravero-Kristoffersson)
  6. ASG, United Nations Ombudsman (Mignonette Patricia Durrant)
  7. ASG, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) (Kul Chandra Gautam)
  8. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean (UNDP) (Rebeca Grynspan)
  9. ASG, New York Pandemic Preparedness Coordinator (Imelda Henkin)
  10. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Regional Director for Africa (UNDP) (Gilbert Houngbo)
  11. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Director of the Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships (UNDP) (Bruce Jenks)
  12. ASG for Legal Affairs (Larry D. Johnson)
  13. ASG for Economic Affairs (DESA) (Kwame S. Jomo)
  14. ASG (DPA) (Tuliameni Kalomoh)
  15. ASG (DPA) (Angela Kane)
  16. ASG, Director for Political Affairs (EOSG) (Carlos Lopes)
  17. ASG (DPKO) (Jane Holl Lute)
  18. ASG, Executive Director, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) (Jan Mattsson)
  19. ASG for peacebuilding support (PBSO) (Carolyn McAskie)
  20. ASG (GACM) (Yohannes Mengesha)
  21. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Regional Director for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (UNDP) (vacant)
  22. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Director, Bureau for Development Policy(UNDP) (Shoji Nishimoto)
  23. ASG, Deputy Executive Director (UNICEF) (Toshiyuki Niwa)
  24. ASG for Policy Planning (EOSG) (Robert C. Orr)
  25. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific (UNDP) (Hafiz Ahmed Pasha)
  26. ASG, Executive Director of the Office of the Capital Master Plan (OCMP) (vacant)
  27. ASG, Executive Director, Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate (CTED) (Javier Rupérez)
  28. ASG for Programme Planning, Budget and Accounts (Controller) (Department of Management) (Warren Sach)
  29. ASG, Deputy Executive Director for Operations (UNICEF) (Rima Salah)
  30. ASG, Deputy Executive Director for External Relations (UNFPA) (Mari Simonen)
  31. ASG for Central Support Services (Andrew Toh)
  32. ASG, Deputy Emergency Relief Coordinator (OCHA) (Eva Margareta Wahlström)
  33. ASG, Deputy Executive Director (UNFPA) (Kunio Waki)
  34. ASG, Assistant Administrator, Director of the Bureau of Management (UNDP) (Akiko Yuge)
  35. ASG, Deputy Executive Director, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) (Inga Bjork-Klevby)
  36. ASG, Executive Director, United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) (Marcel Boisard)
  37. ASG, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (Dirk Jan Bruinsma)
  38. ASG, Deputy Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) (Shafqat Kakakhel)
  39. ASG, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Compensation Commission (UNCC) (Rolf Knutsson)

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15 January 2007

Results of 2006. Expectations for 2007

Indeed, 2006 was a very good year, elections and appointments-wise. Primarily, due to the UN Secretary-General elections, but not only because of that. 2006 impressed with number of elections and candidates, campaign tricks and scandals, blogs and NGO actions…

The year started with the rather awkward and controversial appointments by the then UNSG of Mark Malloch Brown and Alicia Bárcena Ibarra as his Deputy and Chef de Cabinet, respectively. As it appears, the latter, being part of the incumbent UNSG's transition team, survived the UN "grand shuffle" with her no less controversial recent appointment as ASG for management; the former has already vacated his post and is biting his boss' successor on his recruitment policies…

Throughout the year the appointments were made at the UN lower level, like ASG for PA and ASG for GACM and a bunch of special representatives and envoys (the most curious would be the last-minute call of Annan in fixing poor former GA President Jan Eliasson – whose tenure as Swedish foreign minister lasted just a few months (and he chose that instead of running for UNSG!) – as his/Ban's envoy for Darfur).

Appointments and elections were especially noticeable in the environment domain.

In the UN system, first, it was Achim Steiner as UNEP Executive Director, then Yvo de Boer as UNFCCC Executive Secretary – and Richard Kinley (who failed to get this post) - as his Deputy. Loïc Fauchon of France has been re-elected as president of the Board of Governors of the World Water Council, his country-fellow Monique Barbut has got the seat of GEF CEO. Finally, the new Director General of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) has infamously become Julia Marton-Lefèvre, succeeding abovementioned Achim Steiner.

The UN General Assembly re-elected Anna Tibajuka as UN-HABITAT Executive Director and "appointed" Ban Ki-moon as the UN’s next Secretary-General. Ban is expected to bring a new vision of the Secretariat with the USGs and ASGs appointments during the next three months…

The November elections of the International Telecommunication Union displayed the majority support for Hamadoun TOURE as the new Secretary-General. The World Health Organization, from among 13 contenders, chose Margaret CHAN as its new Director-General.

Josette SHEERAN was appointed the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, having caused the debates on what the new UNSG's top posts recruitment actually would be...

Two correlated bodies had their own elections, consequently having obtained Esteban PACHA VICENTE as Director of the International Mobile Satellite Organization (IMSO) and having reappointed Efthimios Mitropoulos as Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization.

On the regional level, the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) received new leadership with Kåre BRYN as No. 1 and a newly-created body – Organization for Democracy and Economic Development – GUAM – appointed its first Secretary-General, Valeri CHECHELASHVILI. The Arab League chose to continue with its incumbent Secretary-General, Amr MOUSSA.


International Organization of the Vine and Wine (OIV) too, obtained a new head, Peter HAYES.

Among the failures, we have to state the long-run processes of appointing the heads of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Thanks to e-mails of the insiders and (many!) enthusiasts, we will be keeping an eye on these appointments (of course, we'll get back to the Appointments-2006, they're just the best food-for-thought before the upcoming stuff!) .

It must be natural that after so many events the world will have a rest with filling in the top posts. In fact, even two of them scheduled for 2007 – No.1 of the IMO (see above) and the Secretary-General of the NATO were made beforehand (funny enough, the latter re-appointment of Jaap de Hoop Scheffer was actually made "to enable him to prepare and preside over the events marking the 60th anniversary of the Alliance in 2009". So, it's like for the next two years the anniversary is going to be NATO's primary concern... Yeah, and who else could prepare it except the Dutchman?:)

So, what's left? There's going to be regular appointments in some intergovernmental bodies (like that of the President of the Financial Action Task Force (FATF)) and regional organizations and fora (e.g., Director of the Balkan Regional Center for Combating Trans-Border Crime).

The largest deals, however, are expected to take place in New York, at the UN Secretariat (although, part of them will surely concern the UN bodies elsewhere). The process has already started, with Ban's first five appointments, but the puzzle's going to be made beginning today…

Prepare for entertainment!