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Robert Piper to Head Transition Team for UN Development System

Tuesday, 26 June 2018
New York - DPI
 
Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Robert Piper of Australia as the Head of the United Nations development system Transition Team, established to provide strategic leadership and oversight to all aspects of the repositioning of the United Nations development system.  
 
Under the oversight of the Deputy Secretary-General, the Transition Team will be guided by the provisions of General Assembly resolution 72/279, endorsed by Member States on 31 May 2018.  The resolution has ushered in the most ambitious and comprehensive transformation of the United Nations development system in decades, which will require dedicated capacities to implement a package of reforms that call for significant changes to the set-up, leadership, accountability mechanisms and capacities of the whole United Nations development system, to ensure it meets national needs for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  The Transition Team will operate under a broader reform coordination structure. 
 
Currently serving as the Officer-in-Charge of the Bureau of External Relations, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Piper brings to the role nearly 30 years of experience in international development and peacebuilding at the United Nations, as well as a strong track record in management, reform and coordination.  He has served across several regions as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and as Resident Representative for UNDP.
 
Mr. Piper holds an Honours degree in Political Science from the Australian National University and a certificate in French language and literature from Sorbonne University.   He was selected in 2004 as a World Fellow at Yale University.  Born in 1966, he is married and has four children.
 
Read this press release on the Spokesperson’s website: http://www.un.org/sg/en/spokesperson

United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit 2018

Friday, 22 June 2018

New York | OROLSI

On 21 June 2018, the second United Nations Chiefs of Police Summit (UNCOPS) took place in the GA Hall in New York. Senior police executives from Member States, along with key partners and senior United Nations representatives, considered the future of United Nations policing so that our officers can better deliver in the field and positively impact the lives and communities of the people they serve.

#RefugiArte exhibition at Panama International Airport

Monday, 18 June 2018

Panama City | UNIC Panama

#RefugiArte is a project that began in 2015, inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Regional Office of the UNHCR for the South of Latin America. For two months, the #RefugiArte exhibit will show travelers passing through Panama’s Tocumen International Airport the reality that refugees face around the world, including in Latin America.

Celebrating the first World Bee Day in Vienna

Monday, 04 June 2018

Vienna | UNIS Vienna

“I really appreciate this event. It was wonderful! The most interesting thing was to see the bees up close. We also enjoyed the explanations given by the experts – they emphasized the responsibility that each of us has in terms of maintaining an adequate environment for bee colonies,” said a participant at the first World Bee Day in Vienna, Austria.

Partnerships bring technological innovation to peacekeeping

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Berlin  | DFS

The international Partnership for Technology in Peacekeeping Symposium, held in Berlin from 14 to 18 May, was attended by representatives from Member States and other UN partners. The aim was to increase the involvement of the international peace community in peacekeeping and to introduce new technologies and concepts to the field missions.