Appointment of Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced on 13 August 2013 the appointment of Haoliang Xu of China as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

He will replace Ajay Chhibber of India, who will return to his Government. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Chhibber for his dedication and commitment to the Organization during his term with UNDP.

Mr. Xu has many years of distinguished service within UNDP, holding various leadership positions, most recently as Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York since 2010. He served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan where he led the development of the United Nations Development Assistance Framework 2010-2015, strongly advocated the Millennium Development Goals as an important national policy framework and forged effective new partnerships in a fast-moving economy.

Mr. Xu also served as Country Director in UNDP Pakistan, Senior Deputy Resident Representative in UNDP Timor-Leste and Deputy Resident Representative in UNDP Iran. He held several positions with the UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Xu was a computer-aided design engineer with Louis Berger International, Inc., in New Jersey and an assistant lecturer at Tongji University in Shanghai, China.

Mr. Xu graduated from Tongji University in Shanghai, China with a degree in bridge engineering. He has a Master of Science in management from the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey. He also holds a masterís degree in international affairs in international policy analysis and management from Columbia University in New York.

Mr. Xu will take up his new assignment as of 2 September 2013.

Working in partnership and building capacity for development in Asia & the Pacific

UNDP in the Asia & the Pacific region is responsible for delivering UNDP's country and regional programmes through 24 UNDP Country Offices in the region.

We work in a diverse environment: a region that is fastest growing in the world while at the same time it is home to half of the world's poor: a region that houses countries experiencing economic transition (China, Mongolia, Viet Nam), two of the world's largest economies (China, India), middle income countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand), and countries facing or recovering from conflict (Afghanistan, Cambodia, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Timor-Leste). Out of the 14 Least Developed Countries in our region, four are landlocked - Afghanistan, Bhutan, Lao PDR and Nepal - while seven are island developing countries-Kiribati, Maldives, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Timor-Leste, Tuvalu and Vanuatu (the other three LDCs are Bangladesh, Cambodia, and Myanmar).

UNDP in the region also has a Regional Centres located in Bangkok with an office in Suva, Fiji. They deliver the regional programme and provide policy advisory and knowledge management services.

Leveraging Change for Better Lives: UNDP in Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacificís unparalleled economic performance overall in the past decade has resulted in dramatically decreased levels in poverty. Already, the region has reached the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving poverty by 2015. Eight countries of the region have moved from low-income to middle-income between 2000 and 2011. Looking back over the last five years, to when UNDP embarked on its Strategic Plan 2008-2012, it is clear that the region has continued to progress on human development (Figure 2A and B). In fact, in the last decade the annual growth in human development has been higher for Asia-Pacific than any other region worldwide, according to the Human Development Report 2013.

Similarly, as a sign of the regionís growing maturity and resilience on the economic front, Asia-Pacific weathered the impact of the financial and economic crises of 2007-2008 relatively well.

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Recent Publications from UNDP Asia-Pacific

Leveraging Change for Better Lives: UNDP in Asia and the Pacific
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"Transforming Lives and Building Resilience in Asia and the Pacific - A collection of transformational success stories from 2009-2012"
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"Towards an 'Energy Plus' Approach for the Poor"
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"UNDP in Asia-Pacific 2010 Results Report: Empowering Lives and Building Resilience"
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"Asia-Pacific MDG Report 2010/11 - Path to 2015: MDG Priorities in Asia and the Pacific"
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"UNDP in Asia-Pacific: 2009 Results Report"
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Asia Rebounds But Lasting Recovery Needs New Paradigm - A Synthesis Study Incorporating Evidence from Country Case Studies Down load the full report (PDF, 3MB).

Asia-Pacific Human Development Report: POWER, VOICE and RIGHTS

The report was launched on 8 March 2010 in India.
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