Annan appoints head of UN-Habitat to level of Under-Secretary-General

22 July 2002

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced the appointment of the Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), Anna Tibaijuka, to the level of Under-Secretary-General.

Mr. Annan informed the General Assembly this morning of his intention to elevate Ms. Tibaijuka from the level of Assistant Secretary-General, a UN spokesman told a press briefing.

UN-Habitat had been newly constituted following a decision last December of the Assembly to upgrade, the UN Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat) and its governing body, the UN Commission on Human Settlements.