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UN Secretary–General appointed Saraswathy Menon in peace-building panel

Jan 24, 2015 11:08 IST

United Nation (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 24 January 2015 appointed Indian sociologist Saraswathi Menon in peace-building panel. This panel will review peace building activities.

The others on the seven-member panel, formally known as advisory group on the review of the peace-building architecture, include a retired Pakistani major general, Anis Bajwa and Charles Petrie of France, who headed an internal review panel on UN actions in Sri Lanka.

The appointment was made in accordance with the Terms of Reference endorsed by the General Assembly and the Security Council. 

On 15 December 2014, the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council asked the Secretary-General to nominate up to seven experts to form an advisory group on the review of the peacebuilding architecture.

The advisory group will undertake country studies in Burundi, Central African Republic, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, and Timor-Leste and will conduct a policy and institutional review of the peace-building architecture. It would also develop findings and recommendations based on this work.

About Saraswathy Menon

Before joining UNDP, she taught at Madras University in India. She has extensive experience in women’s and development issue. She has been the director of the Policy Division of UN-Women, the UN body for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and the director of the UN Development Program’s Evaluation Office. Her other UNDP assignments included postings in Mongolia and Nepal.

She has a doctorate in sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi.

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