UN chief appoints Saraswathy Menon in peacebuilding panel

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United Nations, Jan 24: The Secretary-General of the United Nations (UN), Ban Ki-moon, has appointed Indian sociologist, Saraswathi Menon to a panel that will review peacebuilding activities.

Saraswathi Menon, a former lecturer of Madras University, has a vast experience in women's and development issue.

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She has been the director of the Policy Division of UN-Women, the UN body for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women, and the director of the UN Development Program's Evaluation Office. She had undertaken the  UNDP assignments while at the time of her postings in Mongolia and Nepal.

She is also a doctorate holder in Sociology from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) , New Delhi.

The announcement of United Nations that came on Thursday said, "Saraswathi Menon who has the caliber and holds an extensive experience as a researcher and academician ."

The others on the seven-member panel, formally known as "advisory group on the review of the peacebuilding architecture", include a retired Pakistani major general, Anis Bajwa and Charles Petrie of France, who headed an internal review panel on UN actions in Sri Lanka.

The UN Secretary General has formed the group at the request of the Presidents of the General Assembly and the Security Council.


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