29 MAY 2006

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

NEW YORK, 26 May (UN Headquarters) -- On 16 March 2006, the six shortlisted candidates for the post of Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were announced (see Press Release SG/2109).  It was indicated that interviews of the candidates would be conducted by a panel of senior officials, with the inclusion of an outside expert, appointed by the Secretary-General.  Since that announcement, two of the six candidates, i.e., John W. Ashe of Antigua and Barbuda and Luis Gomez Echeverri of Colombia, have withdrawn their candidatures.  The Secretary-General has decided that the following additional candidates will be shortly interviewed for the post:

-- Sálvano J. Briceño (Venezuela) -- Director for International Strategy for Disaster Reduction secretariat (UN/ISDR);

-- Luis Gylvan Meira (Brazil) -- Professor, Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Sao Paulo;

-- Richard James Kinley (Canada) -- Officer-in-Charge of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change; and

-- Leela Krishnamurthy Ponappa (India) -- Ambassador of India to the Netherlands and Permanent Representative to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).

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