UNITED international locations, Dec sixteen (IPS) – Siddharth Chatterjee, who has served with the United countries for over 20 years, has been appointed as the new Resident Coordinator in China, the world’s 2d largest economic climate after the us.
UN Spokesman Stephane Dujarric advised journalists December 15 that his appointment follows affirmation from the chinese government.
A product of Princeton, certainly one of america’s prestigious Ivy League universities, Chatterjee, an Indian countrywide and at the moment Resident Coordinator in Kenya, will absorb his new submit within the middle of January next 12 months.
Resident Coordinators, referred to Dujarric, are the Secretary-time-honored’s representatives for development on the country degree. They lead UN groups assisting international locations to improve enhanced from the COVID-19 pandemic through the Sustainable building goals (SDGs).
China’s confirmation of Chatterjee’s appointment, specially at a time of elevated political and army tensions with India, is an illustration, no longer best of Beijing‘s choice to reinforce multilateral relationships however additionally its focus of Chatterjee’s miraculous music record in the UN device.
“Sid’s exemplary management leaves an enduring footprint in the execution of executive/UN collaboration impacting millions of lives in Kenya and the region. We offered the gift of a giant footprint as a reminder of the unforgettable adventure that he has walked with the individuals of Kenya,” observed Kenya’s Minister for activities way of life & Heritage, Ambassador Amina Mohamed in her farewell tribute in a tweet.
Salim Lone, UN director of communications (1998-2003) below Secretary-established Kofi Annan, and Spokesman for Kenyan leading Minister Raila Odinga (2005-2013), told IPS lots of work on the optimum bilateral degrees goes into such senior UN appointments in any nation, go away on my own China.
“Sid’s case is much more complicated as he isn’t purely an Indian however a former senior protection professional in a super elite military unit, chiefly at a time of open defense force tensions,” he brought.
at the identical time, this is a tribute to the chinese language maturity and the UN’s boldness in proposing Sid. A successful condition on all fronts, said Lone, a one-time UN Spokesman for Sergio Vieira de Mello in Baghdad (2003).
Amado Philip de Andrés, Regional consultant of the UN workplace on drugs and Crime (UNODC) for japanese Africa and the Horn, stated “Sid epitomizes the brand new leadership mannequin of the United international locations Resident Coordinator global.”
“He has impressed us at the UN country group to move the further mile to deliver the UN development counsel Framework (UNDAF) in Kenya whereas assisting Kenya to progressively turn into an innovation hub within the vicinity,” he declared.
In his latest publish in Kenya, Chatterjee has led 23 UN groups, money and programmes to assist the govt’s humanitarian and development agenda since 2016.
Described as an avowed champion for gender equality and prevention of gender-primarily based violence, Chatterjee has worked in advanced emergency settings, including in Iraq, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan (Darfur), Indonesia and with the UN Peace retaining Operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Iraqi Kurdistan.
He has also labored in United countries building application (UNDP), the UN population Fund (UNFPA), the crimson cross move, UNOPS and UN protection.
A spotlight of his profession become, the demobilization of 3551 infant soldiers in South Sudan throughout the peak of a battle, an initiative he led in 2000.
He has also been featured by using Forbes magazine for championing women’s rights and gender equality. He turned into interviewed with the aid of CGTN the usa where he commented on the vital the function of chinese peacekeepers in the United nations and has additionally counseled the Belt and road initiative.
Chatterjee has written radically on humanitarian and construction concerns in loads of journals similar to Newsweek, the Hill, the la times, CNN, Al Jazeera, Forbes, CNBC Africa, the Guardian, the Huffington submit, Reuters, Inter Press carrier (IPS) the world Observatory and mainstream Kenyan journals.
Chatterjee sees the expanding focus on South-South collaboration as an opportunity for China to provide global leadership for the acceleration of the SDGs in Africa.
He has spoken often about his passion for bridging the poverty gap in establishing countries. His new focal point is probably going to be the rush for popular health coverage in addition to accelerating rural building through agriculture, which gives the clearest pathways for getting out of poverty in rural areas.
Chatterjee says, “the UN and China can make available the tools, procedures and technologies to small holder farmers in constructing nations in order to raise construction and productivity and leapfrog meals safety and the sustainable building aim on ending starvation or SDG 2”.
the new UN leadership in China will have a special probability as a convenor, connector, and catalyser in the emerging partnership between China and Africa.
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