Executive Director Current Affairs - 2019

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Surjit S Bhalla appointed as Executive Director for India at IMF

The Appointments Committee of Cabinet (ACC) has approved the appointment of Economist Surjit S Bhalla as Executive Director for India on board of International Monetary Fund (IMF). The 71 year old Bhalla is appointed for a period of three years from the date of assumption of charge of the post or until further orders, whichever is earlier.

He will be succeeding former RBI deputy governor Subir Gokarn as Executive Director for India at IMF who died in the US on July 30 after a brief illness.  S Gokarn (59) was appointed ED for India on the board of the IMF in November 2015 and was supposed to complete his term in October.

About Surjit S Bhalla

He is an economist, columnist and also a Contributing Editor with The Indian Express.

He holds a PhD in Economics from Princeton University, a Masters in Public and International Affairs (PIA) from Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and a BSEE (Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering) degree from Purdue University.

In December 2018 he resigned as part-time member of Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM).

Joyce Msuya appointed as acting Executive Director of UNEP

Tanzanian national Joyce Msuya was appointed as acting Executive Director of United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) following resignation of the executive director Erik Solheim. Solheim had quit in wake of internal audit report accused of rule-breaking UNEP. The report has accused him of gobbling up $500,000 in unnecessary and budgeted travel expenses in just 22 months.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is voice for environment within the United Nations system. It was founded as result of United Nations Conference on Human Environment in June 1972. It is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya. UNEP also has six regional offices and various country offices.

It is the leading global environmental authority that sets global environmental agenda, promotes coherent implementation of environmental dimension of sustainable development within United Nations system, and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.

It acts as catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote wise use and sustainable development of global environment. It works with wide range of partners, including UN entities, international organizations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, private sector and civil society.