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GCSP Executive-in-Residence appointed to head UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction

On Friday, GCSP Executive-in-Residence Robert Glasser was appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as Assistant Secretary-General and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Dr Glasser will succeed Margareta Wahlström of Sweden, who has headed UNISDR for the past seven years.

Dr Glasser has over 20 years of experience in in disaster response and fighting poverty.

At the GCSP, in his capacity as Executive-in-Residence, he has mostly focused on the links between climate change and food insecurity, water scarcity and conflict as well as on the role of civil society in supporting efforts to mitigate climate change and to help poor countries to adapt to its consequences.

"GCSP has been a haven for me to take stock of the key trends affecting development and humanitarian action, to think deeply about their implications and to discuss policy responses with a diverse range of GCSP Fellows, staff and other colleagues from a wide cross-section of disciplines," he said.

Prior to this role, Mr. Glasser worked with CARE International, where he had been Secretary General since 2007.

Before joining CARE International, Mr. Glasser was Chief Executive of CARE Australia, overseeing aid and humanitarian relief programmes in Cambodia, Vietnam, Papua New Guinea and the Middle East, and he previously held the post of Assistant Director General of the Australian Government aid programme.


>> More about Dr Robert Glasser

>> "The World of Aid is Changing": a public event with Dr Glasser at the GCSP next week

>> Read the UN press release about Dr Glasser's appointment 


Top photo: © UN/Pierre-Michel Virot