New UNECA Executive Secretary Appointed
23 March 2012: Carlos Lopes (Guinea-Bissau) has been appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).
Lopes succeeds Abdoulie Janneh. He has been serving as the Executive Director of the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Director of the UN System Staff College. He has over 24 years of experience at UNDP, including appointments as the UN Resident Coordinator in Brazil and Zimbabwe. He has also been associated with major reforms to the UN System. Lopes has indicated that his main objective at UNECA is to develop strategic capacity on the African continent by transforming the institution into the largest think tank on the continent. [UN Press Release] [IISD RS Sources]