New UNFPA Rep, PNG
TSA - In
|Vol. 6 No. 2
UNFPA Country Support Team for the South Pacific
Ni Sa Moce, Laurie!
Mr. Lewis with his National Medal of
Merit of Vanuatu
Mr. Laurie Lewis, the Population Statistics Adviser, retires from UN
service on 31 December 1998. Retirement or separation from service
unwelcome words not only to the CST but also to Pacific Island programme countries at this
time. Unwelcome to the CST because Laurie retires from service at a critical juncture when
his expertise will be in great demand for the 2000 Round of Censuses in the Pacific island
countries. He has devoted over 35 years in providing technical assistance in census
activities to more than forty developing countries throughout the Asia and Pacific region,
first for 10 years as a Statistician with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, then during
1981-1993 as UNFPA/ESCAP Regional Adviser in Population Censuses and Surveys, before being
re-located to the Suva Office of the UNFPA Country Support Team as Adviser on Population
Statistics since April 1993. In between, he had variously taught at the University of
Papua New Guinea as Associate Professor in Demography, served as a consultant to the World
Fertility Survey, and worked for the World Bank in Bangladesh.
During the 18 years he served in the Asia and the Pacific region, in
the United Nations system, Lauries special contribution has been in the planning,
analysis and utilization of population censuses and surveys. His experience and expertise
in census activities are widely acknowledged by national statistical offices. His
knowledge of data collection and census systems in the Pacific island nations is
In September 1998, Laurie was awarded the National Medal of Merit of
Vanuatu by the President for his contributions to the nation over the past thirty years,
in supporting capacity building in population statistics.
Lauries professional life is not likely to stop with his
retirement from UN service. The Director and Staff of the UNFPA Country Support Team wish
him even further glorious achievements and satisfaction in his future endeavours.
Ms. Susan Aradeon joined the CST in October 1998 as Advisor
on Population Advocacy and Information, Education and Communication (PAIEC).
Although Ms. Aradeon is an American, she has lived and worked most of
her adult life in Nigeria. She first worked in Nigeria as a Peace Corps Volunteer in a
teacher training college for girls. Later she returned with her Nigerian husband to teach
at the University of Lagos. In the late 1980s, she changed to a career in
international consulting and programme management in the reproductive health area, working
on a number of USAID-funded projects and with the Management Sciences for Health and
Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria.
She returned to New York in late 1995 and undertook advocacy and IEC
proposal and project evaluation consultancies for UNFPA and the International Planned
Parenthood Federation. In 1997 she worked in Papua New Guinea with the Curriculum
Development Division (CDD) of the Department of Education on the start-up of the
Population Education Project, for six months, under the auspices of UNFPA and then for an
additional two months with the support of the PNG Governments World Bank funding for
Ms. Aradeon has a BA from Smith College in Massachusetts, an MA from Columbia
University in New York, and a PhD from Ahmadu Bello University in Nigeria.