A former deputy secretary general of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Iosefa Maiava, has been appointed Head of the Pacific Operations Center of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific.
His appointment was announced by Under Secretary General Noeleen Heyzer, of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
Mr. Maiava joins the United Nations after a stint as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru.
He was Deputy-Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat from 1999 to 2007.
Mr. Maiava holds a Master of International Relations from the Australian National University.
The Center supports Pacific island countries through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy; which outlines how sustainable development goals of small island developing states can be achieved..
The center does this by conducting research on economic and social issues; promote regional cooperation and sharing knowledge and good practices; provide regional advisory services on economic and social policies; and give training to increase local capacity.