Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal to a senior position within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) focused on Africa.
Mr. Dieye will take over as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at UNDP, replacing Tegegnework Gettu, who has taken up his new appointment as Under-Secretary-General for General Assembly Affairs and Conference Management.
A veteran of UNDP, Mr. Dieye most recently held the post of Chief of Staff and Director of its Executive Office. He also oversaw UNDP's programme portfolios in Northern Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf Countries within the Regional Bureau for Arab States.
In addition, Mr. Dieye has held various leadership positions within the UN system, including as
Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General with the UN Operations in Cote d'Ivoire (UNOCI).
While in Senegal, Mr. Dieye held a series of senior level positions including in his country's Ministry of Planning and Cooperation.
Among Mr. Dieye's new responsibilities, he will oversee UNDP's programmes in support of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).