On Tuesday, UN Assistant Secretary-General Atul Khare, an Indian diplomat, was appointed by UN chief Ban Ki-moon to head the Change Management Team (CMT) tasked with suggesting reforms to make the global organisation work more efficiently. He’ll head the team that will implement an agenda of reforms aimed at streamlining and improving the efficiency of the world body. 52-year-old Khare, who has also served as the Assistant Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, will lead the CMT which will guide the implementation of a forward-looking reform agenda.
In Beijing, China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hong Lei when asked about the appointment said China welcomed the appointment and supports the UN in carrying out reforms and playing an increasingly more important role in international affairs. “China appreciates and supports Ban’s efforts to enhance the construction of the UN reform mechanism,” Hong said, adding that Beijing will “continue to support the UN in carrying out reforms to improve efficiency, enhance authority and play a more important role in international affairs”.
Prior to assuming the function, Atul Khare was the special representative of the UN secretary-general for Timor-Leste and head of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste from December 2006 to December 2009.