Indian is UNDP’s Asia-Pacific bureau director

July 9th, 2008 - 9:05 pm ICT by IANS  

New York, July 9 (IANS) An Indian serving in the World Bank has been appointed as director of the Asia-Pacific regional bureau of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Ajay Chhibber will hold the post of assistant secretary-general and assistant administrator of the UNDP, replacing Hafiz Pasha who finished his assignment in December 2007.

Chhibber’s appointment by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was announced by the UNDP administrator here.

Chhibber will lead the regional bureau for Asia and the Pacific at a time when it is by far the most rapidly growing region in the world, making impressive progress towards UN’s Millennium Development Goals.

Yet, the problems of poverty, iniquity and environmental constraints remain. The bureau focuses on supporting the governments of the region in facing these challenges and consolidating the progress made, a press release said Monday.

Chhibber has served the World Bank for 25 years and is currently its country director in Vietnam. He has published widely on development and policy issues.

Before joining the World Bank, he was a consultant researcher for Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), and the International Food Policy Research Institute.

Earlier, he worked at the Indian Planning Commission and was also a lecturer in economics at Delhi University. He holds a PhD from Stanford University and an MA from the Delhi School of Economics.

UNDP is the UN’s global network to help people meet their development needs and build a better life.

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