17 March 2006

Shortlist of Candidates for Post of Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

NEW YORK, 16 March (UN Headquarters) -- The post of Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) became vacant following the untimely death of Joke Waller-Hunter.  The Secretary-General on 16 November 2005 solicited nominations from Member States which were considered together with other nominations.  A thorough review of the nominations was undertaken by the Secretary-General and his senior advisers.  The following shortlisted candidates have been invited for interview:

-- John W. Ashe (Antigua and Barbuda) -- Permanent Representative to the United Nations;

-- Yvo de Boer (Netherlands) -- Director for International Affairs, Ministry of Housing, Spatial Planning and Environment;

-- Luis Gomez Echeverri (Colombia) -- Deputy Assistant Administrator, Deputy Director of the Bureau for Development Policy, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP);

-- Miklós Persányi (Hungary) -- Minister for the Environment and Water; and

-- Simon Upton (New Zealand) -- Chair, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Round Table on Sustainable Development and Former Minister for the Environment.

As announced previously in connection with the post of Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretary-General might consider candidates from the shortlist drawn up in connection with the search for UNEP Executive Director.  At the conclusion of the process, the Secretary-General will select the candidate and will consult the Bureau of the Conference of Parties to the UNFCCC and the appointment of the Executive Secretary will be made subsequently.

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