|DESA News Vol. 13, No. 9||September 2009|
Mr. Oscar de Rojas, Director of the Financing for Development Office, retired on 31 August 2009, bringing to an end a distinguished career during which he had also served for 27 years in the Venezuelan Foreign and Civil Services, attaining the rank of Ambassador, and holding senior-level posts in his country’s diplomatic missions at UN Headquarters in New York and Geneva, in Paris, and in the Venezuelan Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
At the United Nations, and particularly in DESA, Mr. de Rojas will be remembered for his diplomatic and organizational skills, which were significant contributors to the success of the path-breaking International Conference on Financing for Development, held in Monterrey, Mexico in March 2002. More recently, he was the Executive Secretary of the Follow-up International Conference on Financing for Development in Doha, Qatar in December 2008. Mr. de Rojas brought to his work an astute and nuanced appreciation of the workings of the intergovernmental process. This quality, taken together with his efficiency and diplomacy, led to him gaining the trust and respect of Member States and all other stakeholders of the Financing for Development process.
During his career, Mr. de Rojas held numerous note-worthy positions in his country, including those of Director of Exports Promotion (1976-1978), Director for International Technical Cooperation (1980-1983), and Director-General for International Economic Affairs and Cooperation (1990-1992). While serving as Deputy Permanent Representative of Venezuela in Geneva, he was President of UNCTAD’s Trade and Development Board (1989-90) and, as Deputy Permanent Representative in New York, served as Chairman of the General Assembly’s Second Committee (1997-98).
The following staff members also retired in August 2009:
Mr. Alexandre Sidorenko, Senior Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development
Mr. Mohammad Akhter, Economic Affairs Officer, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Ms. Blanca Bugallo, Reference Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development
Ms. Almaz Worgessa, Secretary, Division for Sustainable Development
Ms. Anna Huttman, Editorial Assistant, Statistics Division
Ms. Leslie Lawrence, Administrative Assistant, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
The following staff members were promoted in August 2009:
Mr. Curtis Hosang, Human Resources Officer, Technical Cooperation Management Service
Mr. Andrea De Luka, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division
Ms. Maria Cynthia Sicangco, Team Assistant, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination
Mr. Israel Machado, Library Assistant, Development Policy and Analysis Division