Pakistan picked V.P. of UNDP’s executive board

December 2, 2009 3:36 pm 

UNITED NATIONS, Dec. 2 — The Asia Group has unanimously endorsed Pakistan’s candidature for the post of vice president of the Executive Board of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), paving way for Ambassador Abdullah Hussain Haroon, to assume the important assignment next year.

UNDP is the U.N.’s global development network, providing knowledge, experience and resources to help developing countries build a better life.

The agency is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

Haroon, who is Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the U.N., has been playing a leading role in efforts to revitalize the Asia Group, a press release of the Pakistan Mission to the U.N. said.

“He (Haroon) has been making efforts towards enabling its members to forge unified positions on global issues of mutual interest,” the release said.

In recognition of his efforts the “Asia Group” last month elected Ambassador Haroon as its Convener. Earlier, Pakistan was elected as vice president of the U.N. General Assembly for the year 2011-2012.

“Pakistan’s election to some coveted UN bodies in a short span is not only a recognition of its growing prestige but also a testimony of the positive role played by Ambassador Haroon in various fora of the United Nations,” according to the press release. (PNA/APP)

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