The Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Kemal Dervis, has conveyed to the Secretary General his intention to leave the position of Administrator on March 1, 2009 due to personal and family reasons. the Secretary general has accepted Mr. Dervis's decision with regret, and will initiate the process of selection to identify a suitable successor.
The Secretary-general is deeply grateful to Mr. Dervis for the services he had rendered to the Organization and for so ably leading UNDP at a critical juncture. the Secretary-General is particularly appreciative of the great leadership displayed by Mr. Dervis in the implementation of his mandate. Mr. Dervis has led the UNDP programmes in support of the developing countries to expand substantially over the last four years and to make solid progress in the "delivering as one" agenda concerning the UN's development work as a whole at the country level.