Siddharth Chatterjee, Senior UN official of India has now taken over as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in China, which is a key posting of overseeing the work of 27 agencies, funds and programmes of the global organization in China.
He holds a master’s degree in public policy from Princeton University in the United States, and a bachelor’s degree from the National Defence Academy in India.
Chatterjee said, “Over the past four decades, the world has witnessed the profound economic and social transformations that have taken place in China, lifting hundreds of millions out of poverty”.
He added, “As the UN Resident Coordinator to China, I look forward to leading the UN Country Team to work with the government to preserve this hard-won progress China has made as well as share China’s vast experience to solve global development challenges and accelerate the drive to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
He has spent over 24 years in the United Nations serving on a lot of positions and organizations.
In December last year, UN Secretary-General Guterres appointed Chatterjee as the Resident Coordinator in China with Chinese government’s approval. Resident Coordinators are the UN Secretary-General’s representatives for development at the country level. They lead UN teams supporting countries to recover better from the COVID-19 pandemic through the SDGs.
Kenya’s Minister for Sports Culture and Heritage Amina Mohammed said, “Chatterjee’s exemplary leadership leaves a lasting footprint in the execution of Government/UN collaboration impacting millions of lives in Kenya and the region”.
“We presented the gift of a giant footprint as a reminder of the unforgettable journey that he has walked with the people of Kenya,” she tweeted.