DESA News Vol. 13, No. 12 December 2009

Comings and goings


Mr. Sergei Zelenev Mr. Sergei Zelenev, Chief of the Social Integration Branch, Division for Social Policy and Development, retired on 30 November 2009. His responsibilities included substantive support to the intergovernmental policy dialogue of member states at the United Nations, and facilitating international cooperation on social development issues, including technical cooperation.

He conceptualized and oversaw DESA’s work on ageing, youth, family and inclusive policy issues, including reports which are submitted to the Commission for Social Development, the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly. He also supervised the preparation of all issues of the biennial World Youth Report published by DESA since 2003.

Mr. Zelenev came to the United Nations from the academia, joining the Secretariat in New York as an Economic Affairs Officer in 1981. Since then he was working in the socio-economic field, performing analytical, normative and managerial functions. Since 1998, when he joined DSPD, he oversaw the preparation of the Comprehensive report on the implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development as well as the 2001 Report on the World Social Situation.

Mr. Zelenev worked in Africa, participating in peace-keeping missions in Namibia and South Africa in 1989-1990 and 1993-1994 respectively. He is also the author of many articles on inclusive policy, social integration, regional social policy, ageing and social protection published in academic journals. Recently, Mr. Zelenev has also been appointed Interim Director of the UN-INSTRAW.


The following staff members were promoted in November:

Rosanne Clarke, Programme Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management

Diane Goedeck, Programme Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development

Lingyan Hu, Statistics Assistant, Statistics Division

Maria Elena Reyes-Bly, Programme Assistant, Division for Sustainable Development

Lisa Morrison Puckett, Social Affairs Officer, Division for Social Policy and Development

Leonardo Souza, Statistician, Statistics Division

Patience Stephens, Special Assistant to the ASG, Office of the Special Adviser on Gender Issues and Advancement of Women

Seiffe Tadesse, Statistician, Statistics Division

Grace Verendia, Administrative Assistant, Technical Cooperation Management Service

Zhiliang Yu, Information Technology Assistant, Division for Public Administration and Development Management