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India's Gita Sabharwal Appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand

Resident Coordinators lead UN Country Teams and coordinate the world body's support to countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda.


Updated:January 30, 2020, 3:01 PM IST
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India's Gita Sabharwal Appointed UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand
File image of Geeta Sabharwal.

United Nations The UN has appointed India's Gita Sabharwal, who has over two decades of experience in peace building and social policy, as the Resident Coordinator in Thailand.

The UN Resident Coordinator is the highest-ranking representative of the UN development system at the country level. Resident Coordinators lead UN Country Teams and coordinate the world body's support to countries in implementing the 2030 Agenda. Resident Coordinators are the designated representatives of the UN Secretary-General and report to the UN chief.

"United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Gita Sabharwal of India as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Thailand, with the host government's approval," the UN said in a press release on Wednesday.

Sabharwal brings 25 years of experience in development, peace building, governance and social policy across five Asian countries, including Maldives.

She most recently served the UN in Sri Lanka as the Peace building and Development Adviser for nearly seven years.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Sabharwal was The Asia Foundation's Deputy Country Representative for Maldives and Sri Lanka and has held positions as the Poverty and Policy Adviser for the UK's Department for International Development in India and Vietnam.

The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organisation committed to improving lives of people across Asia.

Sabharwal has developed and managed programmes across sectors ranging from poverty reduction, social protection, civil society, decentralisation, gender equality and public enterprise reform.

She holds two master's degrees -- one in Psychology from Delhi University and the other in development management from UK-based University of Wales. She is also the author of numerous policy papers on South and South-East Asia.

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