DESA News Vol. 11, No. 7 July 2007

Comings and goings


Mr. Sha Zukang Mr. Sha Zukang has been appointed Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs effective 1 July. Before taking up his position as head of DESA, Mr. Sha was a career diplomat of the People’s Republic of China with substantial experience in multilateral negotiations in a wide range of fields, including trade, labour, human rights, health, arms control, intellectual property and telecommunications.

Among his numerous achievements, Mr. Sha has served as Coordinator of the Like-Minded Group representation to the Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Council from 2004 to 2007, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee and Chairman of the Committee of the Whole of UNCTAD XI from 2003 to 2004, President of the 50th session of the Trade and Development Board in 2003, Chairperson of the Government group of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization from 2002 to 2003, and member of the UN Secretary-General’s Advisory Board on Disarmament matters from 1994 to 1999. In addition, he has worked as president, vice president, chairperson, coordinator and expert in many international conferences.

Mr. Sha established the Department of Arms Control of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and became its first Director-General. Mr. Sha participated, as the representative of the Chinese government, in the negotiation and review of many important international treaties on arms control and disarmament such as Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Chemical Weapons Convention, Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, and Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. He also has made significant contributions to General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on arms control and international security, and has been a champion of international security cooperation with a view to maintaining international peace and regional stability and security.

Mr. Sha joined the foreign service of China in 1970, and has since had postings in London, Colombo, New Delhi, New York and Geneva. Mr. Sha is a graduate of Nanjing University.

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Ms. Ana CortezMs. Ana Cortez was named Secretary of the Committee on Development Policy effective 1 June. She joined DESA in 1983 working first in the Ocean Economics and Technology Branch before moving in 1987 to the Development Policy and Analysis Division. Ms. Cortez has been a major contributor to DESA’s flagship publications on economic policy including the World Economic and Social Survey, World Economic Situation and Prospects, and Report on the World Social Situation. Her expertise ranges from macroeconomic and structural adjustment policies in Latin America, to international trade, income inequality, poverty and unemployment.

Mr. Jean-Pierre GonnotMr. Jean-Pierre Gonnot was appointed Chief of the Social Perspective on Development Branch of the Division for Social Policy and Development on 1 June. He joined the DESA Population Division in 1991 where he was involved in preparations for the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo and served as departmental focal point on ageing, later moving to the Division for Social Policy and Development. Since 2003, Mr. Gonnot has served as Chief of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Lyon.

Mr. Tan Jian of China has been appointed Senior Programme Officer in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General effective 1 July. Mr. Tan is a career diplomat whose experience covers a range of fields including political, economic, social, and humanitarian affairs. He joined the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987. Among other assignments, Mr. Tan was responsible for economic affairs in the international organizations department from 1994-2000, and political affairs in the Permanent Mission of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2001-2007.

The following staff members were also promoted in June:

Ms. Cornelia Kaldewei, Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy and Analysis Division

Mr. Charles Katoanga, Finance Officer, Executive Office

Ms. Chandra Sekhar Yamarthy, Computer Information Systems Assistant, Population Division

Ms. Dolores Vicente, secretary, Division for Social Policy and Development

Mr. Ralph Wahnschafft, Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Division for Sustainable Development


The following staff members retired in June:

Mr. Patrizio Civili, Assistant Secretary-General for Policy Coordination and Inter-Agency Affairs

Ms. Rebeca Dain, Administrative Assistant, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women

Ms. Marie Legrand, Technical Cooperation Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Mr. José Antonio Ocampo, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs

Ms. Constance Reid, Secretary, Division for Public Administration and Development Management