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UN chief appoints Tonga’s ‘Utoikamanu to senior post

The Chief Executive of Tonga’s Ministry of Tourism Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu is the new High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States

Ms ‘Utoikamanu’s appointment was announced by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday.

She will succeed Gyan Chandra Acharya of Nepal.

SG Guterres said he is grateful to Mr. Acharya for his dedication and commitment to the United Nations.

Ms. ‘Utoikamanu brings with her a wealth of national, regional and international experience at various senior leadership levels, with a strategic perspective for the mandate of the OHRLLS and on building consensus among key stakeholders.

She has served as Acting Pro-Chancellor and Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific, Deputy Pro-Chancellor and Deputy Chair of the Council of the University of the South Pacific.

She was also Deputy Director General and Director of Education, Training and Human Development of the Secretariat of Pacific Community.

Ms ‘Utoikamanu served as Permanent Representative and Ambassador of the Government of Tonga to the United Nations, United States of America, Cuba and Venezuela and High Commissioner to Canada and Secretary for Foreign Affairs and European Commission’s National Authorizing Officer for Tonga. LoopTonga
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