2013•07•17 United States of America
The United Nations University (UNU) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. James Cockayne of Australia as Head of the UNU Office at the United Nations in New York (UNU-ONY). Mr. Cockayne will assume his post in early September 2013.
Prior to joining UNU, Mr. Cockayne spent a decade working to improve evidence-based policymaking through interaction between international organizations, states and the research community.
Most recently, Mr. Cockayne served as Co-Director of the Center on Global Counterterrorism Cooperation, leading their work in New York and Africa.
Earlier, Mr. Cockayne spent four years with the International Peace Institute working with UN officials, academic experts and governments to develop innovative recommendations on climate change, poverty and underdevelopment, biosecurity, and peace and security.
“I congratulate James and look forward to working with him to strengthen the United Nations University’s usefulness and responsiveness to high-level UN policy discussions in New York and beyond”, said Dr. David Malone, Rector of the United Nations University.
“James brings to the post a track record of commitment both to fostering and participating in world-class research, and to harnessing that research to deliver more effective intergovernmentalism”, Dr. Malone noted. “He will be a key member of my team as we work with the network of UNU institutes around theworld to deliver valuable research to the UN system in the years ahead.”
“I am excited to have this unique opportunity to help bring cutting-edge research on human survival, security, development and welfare to the United Nations”, noted Mr. Cockayne. “Many of the challenges humanity is facing require a global response, and the United Nations – and its University – are uniquelypositioned to help generate those responses.”
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