DESA News Vol. 13, No. 10 October 2009

Comings and goings


Ms. Catherine Peluso, Executive Officer for DESA, OHRLLS and OSAA, retired on 30 September after a long and distinguished career with the Organization.

She joined the United Nations in 1978 as a G-3 with the Field Operations Division and subsequently worked in different Departments including the Department of Management, Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) and DESA. During her career, she spent two years in Nairobi as the Associate Administrative Officer for the United Nations Human Settlements Programme and worked in the area of peacekeeping operations for 13 years.

She has served successively as Executive Officer in two departments, DPKO and DESA as well as two Offices, Office of the Special Advisor on Africa (OSAA) and Office of the High Representative for the Least Development Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS), thus working closely with nine Under-Secretaries-General.

With her dedication to the ideals of the organization, her rich knowledge of the UN administration system, experienced advice and open door policy to staff and management alike, she has made invaluable contribution to the successful implementation of the programme of work of the Department.

The following staff members also retired in September:

Carl Gray, Economic Affairs Officer, Development Policy and Analysis Division

Friedda Radovic, Technical Co-operation Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development


The following staff members were promoted in September:

Mahendra Joshi, Senior Programme Officer, Secretariat of the United Nations Forum on Forests

Awet Segid, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Tenzin Dharlo, Human Resources Assistant, Executive Office

Mary Lee Kortes, Editorial Assistant, Statistics Division

Clarence Lio, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Kebebush O Welkema, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Silvia Schwarz, Secretary, Division for Public Administration and Development Management