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Malloch Brown named UN Deputy Secretary-General

Annan’s chief of staff Malloch Brown named new UN Deputy Secretary-General

Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Chef de Cabinet, Mark Malloch Brown, who has played a key role in United Nations reform and development efforts, was today named Deputy Secretary-General as of 1 April, when current incumbent Louise Fréchette steps down.

Mr. Annan decided on the appointment “to ensure that his Executive Office and the United Nations Secretariat is able to carry out the full agenda remaining in his term [ending on 31 December],” spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York.

Mr. Malloch Brown was Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) from 1999 until being named Chef de Cabinet in January, 2005.

Mr. Dujarric also announced that Vijay Nambiar, currently Deputy National Security Advisor to the Government of India and Head of the National Security Council Secretariat, had been appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary-General, at the level of Under-Secretary-General. Alicia Bárcena of Mexico, Deputy Chef de Cabinet, to the Secretary-General, will become Acting Chef de Cabinet.

As chef de cabinet Mr. Malloch Brown has worked closely with the Mr. Annan and Ms. Fréchette on all aspects of UN work, including helping to set out an ambitious reform agenda.

While UNDP head, he also led UN efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets set by the UN Millennium Summit in 2000 which seek to slash a host of socio-economic ills such as extreme poverty and hunger, maternal and infant mortality and lack of access to education and health care, all by 2015.

Prior to his appointment with UNDP, Mr. Malloch Brown, a United Kingdom national, spent five years at the World Bank, including as Vice-President for External Affairs and Vice-President for United Nations Affairs. From 1979 to 1983 he worked for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and was stationed in Thailand where he was in charge of field operations for Cambodian refugees.

From 1986 to 1994, he was the lead international partner in a strategic communications management firm, the Sawyer-Miller Group, where he worked with corporations and governments. He has also served as the political correspondent of the Economist magazine and was the founding editor of the monthly Economist Development Report.

Mr. Nambiar previously served as India’s Permanent Representative to the UN while Ms. Bárcena served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), actively promoting the MDGs in the region, as well as Coordinator of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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