Mr. Nikhil Seth has been appointed as Director for the Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) and Head of the Office of the Conference Secretary-General (CSG) Mr. Sha Zukang for the Rio+20 Secretariat effective 1 September.
During his career with the United Nations since 1993, Mr. Seth has served as Special Assistant and Chief of Office to the Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, as Secretary of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the Second Committee of the General Assembly, and, most recently, as Director of the DESA Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination (OESC), where he guided the ECOSOC’s work in implementing several new key mandates, including its Annual Ministerial Review and Development Cooperation Forum.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Seth served in the Indian diplomatic service, where his assignments included Geneva, DRC, Central African Republic, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea, as well as the Permanent Mission of India, New York.
The following staff members were promoted in September:
Elvira Doyle, Programme Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management
Kay Govia, Programme Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General
Gabriela Guevara, Associate Administrative Officer, Capacity Development Office
Ching-Hua Hsiung, Budget Assistant, Capacity Development Office
Lissy Joseph, Human Resources Assistant, Capacity Development Office
Alicia Lovell-Squires, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General
Cristina Rojas-Espinosa, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General
Nancy Settecasi, Desktop Publishing Assistant, Development Policy and Analysis Division
The following staff member retired in September:
Maria Luz Aragon, Programme Assistant, Division for Social Policy and Development