Friday, September 6, 2013

Chinese chief of RBAP wants to change UNDP image and perception -- will he succeed ?

The new Director of the of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) says it is time to have an honest dialogue with some of its government partners so that they see UNDP, not as a donor, but rather as a trusted development partner.
Mr Haoliang Xu assumed his role as the new director on September 2.
A Chinese national, Mr. Xu has held various leadership positions in UNDP, most recently as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
I am very excited about my new role. I believe that the significant unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains the defining challenge of our time. Accelerating MDG progress and meeting the original deadline of 2015 must remain a top priority. Over the years, UNDP has been playing a valuable role in the achievement of MDGs. My new assignment as head of UNDP operation in Asia-Pacific gives me an opportunity to work with our partners to bring together all the threads of MDGs in the region to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific,” Mr. Xu said in his first meeting with the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific staff at UNDP headquarters in New York.

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