Executive Board pays tribute to outgoing Administrator Kemal Dervis

22 Jan 2009

Expression of appreciation to Kemal Derviş, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme from 2005 to 2009

    The Executive Board,

Noting with regret that on 1 March 2009 Kemal Derviş will leave his position as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, which he assumed in 2005,

Acknowledging the drive of Kemal Derviş to strengthen the United Nations Development Group and contribute to global development,

Also acknowledging the efforts and progress made by Mr. Derviş in increasing the effectiveness and coherence of the United Nations development system through reform initiatives such as ‘delivering as one’, and in providing the United Nations Development Group with leadership and guidance to confront global challenges and crises,

Noting with appreciation that Mr. Derviş has promoted and supported the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and the other internationally agreed development goals,

Acknowledging the increased efficiency of UNDP in responding effectively to the needs of programme countries during the tenure of Mr. Derviş,

Recognizing in this context that Mr. Derviş has enhanced the contribution of UNDP in all its programmatic areas, encompassing democratic governance; poverty alleviation; the environment; and crisis prevention and recovery; and has made gender equality a priority across all these areas,

Noting with great satisfaction that, through the efforts of Mr. Derviş, voluntary contributions to UNDP have continued to increase,

1. Decides to pay special farewell tribute to Mr. Kemal Derviş by:
    (a) Recognizing the commitment, dedication and vision he has shown in strengthening the role of the entire United Nations development system and in eradicating poverty;
    (b) Commending him for his effective guidance and management of UNDP from 2005 to 2009;
    (c) Expressing its gratitude for his outstanding leadership in times of crisis during his tenure;

2. Extends its warm wishes to Kemal Derviş for continued good health and success in his future endeavours.