UN appoints Shombi Sharp as Resident Coordinator in India

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Shombi Sharp of the United States as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in India.

PTIUpdated: Tuesday, November 16, 2021, 11:20 AM IST
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Shombi Sharp | Twitter/UN Sustainable Development Group

United Nations: The United Nations on Monday announced the appointment of Shombi Sharp of the United States and a sustainable development expert as its Resident Coordinator in India.

Sharp has "devoted more than 25 years of his career to promoting inclusive and sustainable development internationally, bringing experience he has acquired at the United Nations and externally to this new position", the UN said in the statement on Monday.

Within the world organisation, he most recently served as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres appointed Shombi Sharp of the United States as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, with the host government's approval, the UN statement said.

"In this Decade of Action to achieve the #GlobalGoals, we look forward to working w/you & our team. India is a crucial partner #ForPeopleForPlanet," the UN Sustainable Development Group tweeted.

The 52-year-old American diplomat with the UN has held several leadership positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where he was Resident Representative in Armenia, Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia, Deputy Country Director in Lebanon, Regional HIV/AIDS Practice Team Leader for UNDP Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in the Russian Federation, Programme Manager for the Western Balkans in New York and Assistant Resident Representative in the Russian Federation.

Taking to Twitter, Sharp, who reached India on Monday, said, "Thrilled to arrive today in our new home of Delhi, India! And on my birthday no less, happy to learn it is also birthday anniv. of India's 1st Prime Minister (Jawaharlal) Nehru, celebrated as Children's Day/Bal Diwas." "Sarah & I celebrated with a sunset stroll through gorgeous Lodhi Garden!," he said, sharing photographs of the couple and the park, which is a popular spot for morning walks for the Delhites.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Sharp began his career in development with the international non-profit CARE International in Zimbabwe, the UN statement said.

He is a published author of works in health economics and was a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) 'policy champion' as well as a nominee for the UNDP administrator's award.

Sharp holds a postgraduate diploma in HIV/AIDS management from the National Medical University of South Africa and Stellenbosch University in South Africa; a master's degree in economics from the University of Colorado and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Kansas.

Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the secretary general, said at a briefing that resident coordinators lead the work of "our UN teams on the ground, including our continuing support to national COVID-19 response plans to recover better for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)".

"These senior UN officials are also the representatives of the secretary-general for development at the country level," he said.

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