|Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh|
Abdoulie Janneh (Gambia) is the seventh Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). He leads the organization, the regional arm of the United Nations in Africa, at the rank of Under-Secretary-General. Prior to ECA, Abdoulie Janneh served as Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Africa from June 2000 to October 2005. In that capacity, he managed the United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) largest Regional Bureau, covering 45 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with a complement of over 1,500 staff. Prior to that, he held a number of senior positions in UNDP and its affiliated funds, including Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative in Ghana (1996-1999) and Niger (1993-1996), as well as Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Capital Development Fund (1990-1993). Abdoulie Janneh holds an MA in Urban and Regional Planning Studies from the University of Nottingham in England.