On 3 October 2012, following consultations with the then Director-General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova, and with her concurrence, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed David M. Malone of Canada as Rector of the United Nations University (UNU) in Tokyo.
Dr. Malone will be the sixth Rector of the United Nations University, as of 1 March 2013. The decision to appoint Dr. Malone was taken after an extensive international search process. Dr. Malone will succeed Professor Konrad Osterwalder, a Swiss physicist who has served as UNU Rector since 2007. Dr. Malone is strongly committed to research excellence and to forging closer collaborations with United Nations system organizations and with other research institutes, Governments, civil society and private-sector actors around the world.
Currently, Dr. Malone is President of Canada’s International Development Research Centre, a funding agency supporting policy-relevant research in the developing world. He was Canada’s Representative to the Economic and Social Council and then Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations ( New York) from 1990 to 1994. Later, after overseeing Canada’s economic and multilateral diplomacy within Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, he was appointed Canada’s Envoy to India, Nepal and Bhutan. He also served in New York as President of the International Peace Academy (now the International Peace Institute), from 1998 to 2004, with a particular focus on research output, policy development and advocacy.
Dr. Malone is a graduate of l’École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal, of the American University in Cairo and of Harvard University, and holds a doctorate from Oxford University. Associated with New York University’s School of Law and Massey College in the University of Toronto, he is the author of Nepal in Transition: From People’s War to Fragile Peace (2012 — with Sebastian von Einsiedel and Suman Pradhan), Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy (2011) and The Law and Practice of the United Nations(2008 — with Simon Chesterman and Thomas M. Franck).
The United Nations University (UNU) is a global research and teaching organization with 15 institutes and programmes in 13 countries worldwide. Since its foundation in 1975, the overarching goal of UNU is to contribute to global sustainable development that will enable present generations to live a decent life in peace, in freedom, in safety and in good health, without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. In carrying out its work as the academic arm of the United Nations system, UNU is focusing on research, teaching and capacity-building, as well as delivering advisory services as a think tank. UNU maintains close cooperative relationships with other United Nations system organizations (agencies, programmes, commissions, funds and convention secretariats), as well as with leading universities and research institutions all over the world.