United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director for its Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, UNDP
Heraldo Muñoz of Chile began his appointment today as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Director for its Regional Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean.
In his new post, Muñoz will lead more than 890 professionals covering UNDP's 24 country offices in the region working on democratic governance, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability and conflict prevention and recovery. “I am a great admirer of Heraldo Muñoz’s work in democratic governance and peace-building, and I have high confidence in his ability to continue UNDP's legacy in helping shape public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean," said Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator. Prior to his appointment, Muñoz served as the Permanent Representative of Chile to the United Nations (UN) for seven years and chaired the UN Peace-Building Commission. He has performed a number of other important functions with the UN, including Facilitator of the Security Council reform consultations (2007-2008), Vice President of the General Assembly’s 61st Session (2006-2007), and President of the Security Council (2004). He was also Chairman of the Commission of the Inquiry into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, appointed by the Secretary General in February 2009.
Heraldo Muñoz served in a number of positions with the Chilean Government, including Minister Secretary General of Government (2002-2003) in the cabinet of President Ricardo Lagos, Deputy Foreign Minister (2000-2002), Ambassador of Chile to Brazil (1994-1998) and Ambassador of Chile to the Organization of American States (1990-1994).
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