UN chief appoints new assistant secretary-general for economic development
UNITED NATIONS:UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres Tuesday appointed Elliott Harris of Trinidad and Tobago as assistant secretary-general for economic development and chief economist in the Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
Harris will succeed Lenni Montiel of Venezuela, said a Xinhua.
Harris brings over 25 years of international experience in the fields of international economics and development policy analysis, coupled with knowledge of the UN system, multilateral and inter-agency coordination processes, said the press office of Guterres in a statement.
Harris has extensive experience in the design of macroeconomic policies and its application as a central instrument for the reduction of poverty and for resilient and sustained economic development. His work in the field of economics also focuses on the macroeconomic linkages with global social and environmental policies, said the statement.
Since 2015, Harris has served as UN assistant secretary-general and head of the New York office of the United Nations Environment Programme. Before joining the UN system, he had a longtime career in the International Monetary Fund. APP/AFP