Mr. Juwang Zhu has been appointed by the Secretary-General as Director of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs effective 1 December 2014. Mr. Zhu has over twenty-five years of experience working with the United Nations intergovernmental processes on sustainable development, including major UN conferences and summits, and with the Commission on Sustainable Development. Prior to his appointment as Director of DPADM, he served as a Chief in the Division for Sustainable Development where he led a team of analysts focusing on climate change, oceans, urbanization, transport and small island developing States. Mr. Zhu has served as Chief of the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, providing advice on policy and management issues, including policy and substantive advice to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General. During the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), Mr. Zhu was Special Advisor to the Secretary-General of the Conference. In his previous assignments Mr. Zhu was also responsible for strengthening relations with business and civil society and for coordinating inter-agency affairs and partnerships for sustainable development.
The UN Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) of the Division for Public Administration and Development Management of UNDESA organized a Special Session on “ICT, E-Government and Women’s Empowerment”, in collaboration with the Social Development Division of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). It was held on 18 November 2014 during the “Asian and Pacific Conference on Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment: Beijing +20 Review” in Bangkok, Thailand. The Conference was organized by UNESCAP in cooperation with UN Women.
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On 24 November, a delegation of six Vietnamese Officials headed by Mr. Mai The Duong, Vice Chairman of the Vietnam Communist Party Inspectorate and H.E. Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to the UN, paid a visit to DPADM. A team of the Chiefs and staff members from DMB and PACB received the delegation that was accompanied by Mr. Ken Norman, an Australian anti-corruption expert.