Salil Shetty named head of Amnesty International

21 Dec 2009

New York - Salil Shetty, the Director of the UN Millennium Campaign has announced that he will be leaving the Campaign to take up the position of Secretary General at Amnesty International. Shetty joined the UN Millennium Campaign in 2003, shortly after it was set up by then United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan.

“I wish Salil great success in his new endeavor,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, “Under his leadership the UN Millennium Campaign has grown into a powerful global campaigning force supporting citizens in their efforts to hold their governments accountable for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.”

Mr. Shetty will remain at the helm of the Millennium Campaign until June 2010 as it continues to be a well-established and credible advocate for MDG achievement. As preparations get underway for UN Heads of State summit in New York on the Millennium Development Goals next September, the UN Millennium Campaign will continue to be a vibrant and visible voice.

It is expected that Salil’s successor will be announced sometime in the first half of 2010 and Salil will assume his new position with Amnesty in June 2010.