Unctad must be led by charismatic innovator, supporters tell Ban Ki-moon | Global development | guardian.co.uk: "In an open letter to Ban last week, Unctad's supporters said:
"The world clamours for innovative economic thinking that charts a sustainable way out of the current crisis and that contributes to development and poverty reduction. We would regard the capacity to stimulate such thinking and to articulate the resulting policy approaches in the relevant forums as the single most important consideration when sifting among possible candidates in the requisite consultations with member states. The growing weight of developing countries in global matters requires an intellectually outstanding personality as the new leader of Unctad."
The letter has been signed by more than 140 academics, public officials, and former senior staff of international organisations, the UN and Unctad. They include Dame Margaret Joan Anstee, former UN under-secretary general, Sir Richard Jolly, deputy executive director of the UN agency for children, Unicef (1982-96), Carlos Fortin, deputy secretary general of Unctad (1990-2005), and Ha-Joon Chang, professor of economics at Cambridge University."
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