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Jamaican named to UN transition team

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 3:03 PM
Michelle Gyles-McDonnough

The highest serving Jamaican within the United Nations (UN) system, Michelle Gyles-McDonnough, has been named to the transition team of the UN Secretary General-designate.

Gyles-McDonnough was early last week appointed as UNDP Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director in Asia Pacific, resident in Bangkok.

And by the end of the week she was named to the five-member transition team of UN Secretary-General-designate, António Guterres.

The transition team will interact with UN officials, Member States and civil society to ensure an informed and smooth transition.

Gyles-McDonnough has been most recently the UN Resident Coordinator for Malaysia, UNDP Resident Representative for Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei Darussalam, and UNFPA Representative for Malaysia.

Prior to that appointment she was UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States.

She will take up her new assignment on January 15, 2017.