Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his new post – today – as UNDP’s Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific and UN Assistant Secretary General.
Mr. Xu holds a Master’s degree in International Affairs in International Policy Analysis and Management along with a Master of Science in Management. He has most recently worked as Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States in New York.
On assuming his appointment, Mr. Xu, a Chinese national, said: “I am very excited about my new role. I believe that the significant unfinished business of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) remains the defining challenge of our time.” Mr. Xu made these remarks during his first meeting with the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific staff at UNDP headquarters in New York.
Mr. Xu noted that “Accelerating MDG progress and meeting the original deadline of 2015 must remain a top priority”, adding “Over the years, UNDP has been playing a valuable role in the achievement of MDGs. My new assignment as head of UNDP operation in Asia-Pacific gives me an opportunity to work with our partners to bring together all the threads of MDGs in the region to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific.”
UNDP’s primary mandate is to work with governments to address their national development priorities. It has offices in 24 countries of the Asia-Pacific region and has programmes in 36 countries in this region.
The region is the most diverse in the world and it is home to more than half of the world’s poor. It is also the world’s most disaster-prone region.
“I will work hard with my colleagues, in headquarters and in the field, and all our partners to ensure that development cooperation in the region is effective,” pledged Mr. Xu.
Mr. Xu has many years of distinguished service within UNDP, holding various leadership positions one of which was serving as the Deputy Resident Representative in UNDP Iran.