UN Habitat Program. Paul Biya Congratulates Cameroonian Appointed Deputy Executive Director

Victor Kisob was recently appointed Deputy Executive Director of the UN Habitat Program by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres. Cameroon under the authority of President Paul Biya has once again won another huge diplomatic victory especially as the country entertains cordial and excellent relations with the UN System.

Shawn-Nathan EPANG

The President of the Republic, Head of Cameroonian Diplomacy has sent warm congratulatory message to Victor Kisob, a Cameroonian appointed Deputy Executive Director of the UN Habitat Program. According to a press release signed by the Minister Delegate to the Minister of External Relations, Felix Mbayu, the Minister of External Relations on behalf of President Paul Biya addresses his warm congratulations to the promoted Cameroonian whose appointment by the Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, boost Cameroon’s presence in UN high level institutions. The appointment, according to the release symbolizes the vitality of Cameroonian diplomacy as well as the excellent relations between the United Nations System and Cameroon under the stewardship of President Paul Biya.

The Minister of External Relations affirmed the commitment of the Head of State, His Excellency Paul Biya, in the placement of Cameroonians in the international public service which is one of the pillars of Cameroon’s diplomatic action.

The Cameroonian appointed deputy executive director last July 25 has made his career in the structures of the United Nations System. Until his appointment, he was Director of the Learning, Development and Human Resources Service Division at the United Nations Office of Human Resources Management in New York, a post he held for three years.

Kisob is now Executive Deputy Director of UN-Habitat, with the rank and prerogatives of UN Under-Secretary-General. An appointment which crowned several years of achievements in the service of the UN which he joined in 1989 after bagging a Bachelor’s Degree in from Saint John’s University, in the State of Minnesota and a Master’s Degree in Banking Development from the American University of Washington in the United States of America.

It is from a very rich experience in the UN administration that the Cameroonian is called to take up his new duties. From 2001 to 2008, he was Head of Recruitment and Assignment at the United Nations Office in Vienna, Austria. From 2008 to 2012, he worked as Head of Recruitment and Assignment in New York.

He will then serve as Chief Executive Officer of the Executive Office of the UN Secretary-General from 2012 to 2014, before serving for one year as Director of the United Nations Liaison Office for Ebola in New York.

In his new role, he will assist the Executive Director in the overall management and ongoing reforms within this structure, in order to assist the Organization in fulfilling its mandate, including the implementation of the New Program for cities, Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the urban dimensions of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Like many other Cameroonians in the international civil service, Victor Kisob’s brilliant promotion highlights the growing presence of Cameroonians in the United Nations system, marking one more step in the success of a successful diplomacy under the authority of the President of the Republic, Paul Biya. The appointment follows that of Vera Songwa, the first woman to become Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

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