DESA News Vol. 11, No. 10 October 2007

Comings and goings


Ms. JoAnne DiSanoMs. JoAnne DiSano, Director of the Division for Sustainable Development, retired on 16 September after nine years of dedicated service to the Organization. In addition to overseeing support to the Commission on Sustainable Development, Ms. DiSano was in charge of the Secretariat of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development which brought together 100 Heads of State and 25,000 participants, culminating in the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation. She also led the preparatory process for the Mauritius International Meeting on small island developing States in 2005. Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. DiSano held a number of executive positions in the Australian and Canadian governments working on environmental, employment and immigration issues.

Mr. Manuel DengoMr. Manuel Dengo, Chief of the Water, Natural Resources and Small Island Developing States Branch in the Division for Sustainable Development, retired on 30 September having been with DESA since 1997. Mr. Dengo guided the work of the Branch on technical cooperation, the five-year and ten-year reviews of the Barbados Programme of Action on SIDS, the World Summit on Sustainable Development, and several sessions of the Commission for Sustainable Development. In addition, he was Secretary of UN-Water. Prior to joining DESA, he served for three years as Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office at Geneva, and for close to fifteen years as a senior technical expert on hydrometeorology and water resources in Latin America at the World Meteorological Organization.

Mr. Claude SauveplaneMr. Claude Sauveplane, Inter-regional Adviser on Water Resources in the Division for Sustainable Development, retired from the United Nations on 30 September having spent twenty years managing development projects and providing policy advice at the request of national governments, largely in Africa. Mr. Sauveplane is an expert on governance and reform of the water and sanitation sectors, national and transboundary water resources management, rural water supply and sanitation, and performance of water and sanitation services. Before joining the United Nations, he served as a hydrogeologist with the Alberta Research Council in Canada, and with the French Geological Survey. Mr. Sauveplane holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta.

The following staff members also retired in September:

Ms. Daisy Johns, Administrative Assistant, Executive Office

Ms. Marina Mak, Secretary, Financing for Development Office

Ms. Ada Samuelsson, Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy and Analysis Division


The following staff members were promoted in September:

Mr. Bekuretsion Amdemariam, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Ms. Aminata Fofana, Staff Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development

Ms. Kay Govia, Staff Assistant, Office of the Under-Secretary-General