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New York, 3 January 2012 - Statement attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on appointment of Josette Sheeran as Vice-Chairman of World Economic Forum

The Secretary-General was informed by Ms. Josette Sheeran of her decision to accept a position with the World Economic Forum as Vice-Chairman upon completion of her term, in April, as Executive Director of the World Food Programme.

The Secretary-General expressed his deep appreciation for her leadership over the last five years. “Josette Sheeran has been an outstanding advocate for the United Nations and a champion of the world's poorest and most vulnerable people,” the Secretary-General says. “She has brought enormous energy and dedication to a difficult and immensely important job.” Last year, the World Food Programme helped feed more than 90 million people in 73 countries.

The Secretary-General wished Ms. Sheeran a great success in her new assignment and looks forward to her continued engagement in the work of the United Nations family.

Statements on 3 January 2012