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Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme 

Achim SteinerThe UN Development Programme (UNDP) today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres. UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories across the world to help them eradicate extreme poverty, strengthen good governance, and prevent and respond to crises. 

Judith Pisar to be named UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy

judy pisarJudith Pisar, President of the nonprofit organization Arts France-USA, will become a UNESCO Special Envoy for Cultural Diplomacy in a ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters on 15 June (6pm). UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova named Ms Pisar to this position “in recognition of her contribution to cultural action as an essential component of dialogue between peoples, her effort to promote culture as indispensable for diplomatic action in favour of peace and development, and for her commitment to the ideals of UNESCO.” Ms Pisar’s organization facilitates international cultural exchanges, namely between France and the USA, the country of her birth.

President Jimmy Morales Cabrera of Guatemala visits UNESCO

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The President of the Republic of Guatemala, Jimmy Morales Cabrera, visited UNESCO on Friday 9 June to celebrate cooperation between his country and the Organization. Eric Falt, Assistant Director- General for External Relations and Public Information, welcomed the President and the First Lady of Guatemala, Patricia de Morales, on behalf of UNESCO Director- General Irina Bokova. Several members of the Organization’s senior management team joined them to review initiatives such as the conservation project for the Tikal National Park, inscribed as a World Heritage site since 1979. The project, financed by Japan, aims to consolidate the most vulnerable parts of the site’s North Acropolis and develop a digital archive for purposes of conservation and public education.

Tanzania: What Next After Ewura Boss’ Removal?

Felix NgamlagosiDar es Salaam — The midnight suspension of Ewura Director General Felix Ngamlagosi has rekindled debate about Independent Power Tanzania Limited (IPTL), with the focus now firmly on how President John Magufuli will deal with the scandalous power generating company. Mr Ngamlagosi’s dramatic suspension was announced in a brief statement released from the State House, a few minutes past 1am on Saturday the 17 June, 2017. The statement signed by President Magufuli’s spokesperson Gerson Msigwa said Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa had dropped the Ewura boss with immediate effect. No reason was given for the suspesion. Questions also remained why it was Mr Msigwa and not the PM’s communication unit who issued the statement in the odd hours. However, it is highly likely that Mr Ngamlagosi may have lost his job over the agency’s handling of an application by IPTL to renew its power generating licence.

World Health Assembly elects Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as new WHO Director-General

tedrosOn 23 May, 2017 the Member States of WHO elected Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as the new Director- General of WHO. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was nominated by the Government of Ethiopia, and will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017. Prior to his election as WHO’s next Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus served as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ethiopia from 2012– 2016 and as Minister of Health, Ethiopia from 2005–2012.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene July - August 2017 Vol.12 No.4