Wu Hongbo Takes Office as Head of DESA

1 August 2012: Wu Hongbo has begun his term as Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, and head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), as of 1 August 2012.

DESA notes that Wu “will guide DESA's normative, analytical and capacity development work, especially as it advances towards a post-2015 development framework with sustainable development at its core.”

Formerly China's ambassador to Germany, Wu was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 31 May 2012. He replaces Sha Zukang, whose term ended on 31 July 2012. [DESA Press Release] [IISD RS Story on Wu's Appointment]