PRESS RELEASE - 22 July 2009
UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education announces a change in leadership. The new Rector, Professor András Szöllösi-Nagy, will start his appointment on 5 September 2009.
Prior to his appointment in Delft, the Netherlands, Professor Szöllösi-Nagy was Director of the Division of Water, Secretary of the International Hydrological Programme (IHP) and Deputy Director-General of the Natural Sciences Sector of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
During his tenure at UNESCO Professor Szöllösi-Nagy was able to significantly reinforce UNESCO’s response capacities in the area of freshwater through a variety of actions. “UNESCO’s freshwater programmes are the strongest water programmes within the entire UN system,” he said.
“This is due to a reinforced IHP, the establishment of UNESCO-IHE, 23 UNESCO Water Centres and the UN World Water Assessment Programme (UN WWAP). They gather unique capacities and expertise to assist Member States in achieving their share of the Millennium Development Goals,” Prof. Szöllösi-Nagy said.
Prof. Szöllösi-Nagy was instrumental in the establishment of the new UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education in March 2003 and acted as a key player in the integration of the Institute’s education and research programmes in UNESCO.