Tuesday, August 28, 2007
UN Headquarters in Geneva. Image: HUNAGI Visuals resource, 2006
UNSDI Secretariat is expected to be operational in September
Our international SDI expert partner Jelle U. Hielkema wrote in his recent e-mail:
"... a few UNGIWG and UNSDI developments since the Co-Chair changeoever to UN-OCHA and UNHCR in April. As most of you know, in June and following a visit of the OCHA Co-Chair to FAO in May, two days of intensive teleconferencing between the outgoing Co-Chair, David Kaatrud, the new Co-Chairs, Alta Haggarty (OCHA) and Karl Steinacker (UNHCR), the Task Group Leaders and Secretariat staff took place on 7 and 8 June. The reports of these hand-over and priorities formulation discussion can be found on www.ungiwg.org under 'documents and meetings'. If these are still draft documents, the final versions should be there imminently as the deadline for comments was 24 August. The reports will give you a good flavour for where the UNSDI development process currently stands and what the priorities are between now and UNGIWG-8 in Bangkok in late November, governance options formulation and communication aspects being key elements. The other key development is that a UNSDI Secretariat is being set up in Geneva and expected to become fully operational in September. This office will be headed by Suha Ulgen of OCHA and he is assisted by Franck Albinet of UNHCR, who is already in Geneva since early June..."
For the official releases please visit the website http://www.ungiwg.org/