United Nations Appoints Iosefa Maiava of Samoa as Head of ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre

UN Under-Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer, the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), today announced the appointment of Mr. Iosefa Maiava, of Samoa, as the Head of the ESCAP Pacific Operations Centre (EPOC).

Mr. Maiava joins the United Nations from his post as Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Nauru, where he managed the Department and its overseas missions. Prior to his work with the Government of Nauru, he served as Deputy-Secretary-General of the Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat from 1999 to 2007.

Born in 1956, in Apia, Samoa, Mr. Maiava holds a Master of International Relations from the Australian National University.

Established in 1984, and now located in Suva, Fiji, EPOC is ESCAP’s representative office in the Pacific. It covers Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States of), Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu and Vanuatu, as well as American Samoa, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, Guam, New Caledonia, Niue and the Northern Mariana Islands.

The Centre’s mission is focussed on supporting Pacific island developing countries in their efforts to attain their Millennium Development Goals through the implementation of the Mauritius Strategy; the latter outlines a programme of action for the sustainable development of small island developing states. In particular, EPOC assists Pacific island developing countries by: conducting research on economic and social issues relevant to policy makers; promoting regional cooperation and sharing knowledge and good practices; providing regional advisory services on economic and social policies; building institutional capacity through training workshops; and assisting policy implementation through pilot projects.