Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Former Costa Rican vice president named to UN aid agency post

(NZPA) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of former Costa Rican vice-president Rebeca Grynspan to help former New Zealand prime minister Helen Clark run the United Nations aid agency.

Ms Grynspan has been named under-secretary-general and associate administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), which she has served since March 2006 as regional director of the agency's office for Latin America and the Caribbean, the UN said in a statement.

She will assist Miss Clark, the UNDP administrator in overseeing the agency's programmes, as well as fulfilling other leadership responsibilities.

She succeeds Ad Melkert, of the Netherlands, who has been appointed as the secretary-general's special representative for Iraq and head of the UN mission in that country (UNAMI).

Ms Grynspan won election to vice-president of Costa Rica, serving one term from 1994 to 1998, after holding ministerial positions in the Central American nation's government for eight years

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