Prof.Tibaijuka DG UN Office 2006-09-17 08:32:25 By Modestus Kessy, Arusha The Executive Director of the Nairobi-based UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), Professor Anna Tibaijuka, has been appointed Director General of the UN Office in Nairobi (UNON). A statement from the UN office in Nairobi said on Friday that the UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, said Tibaijuka, a Tanzanian, would still retain her current position. Tibaijuka (pictured) the highest-ranking African woman in the United Nations system, has been the Executive Director of the UN-Habitat since September 2000. As Director-General of the only UN headquarters in a developing country, Tibaijuka will be the senior-most United Nations official in Nairobi and reports directly to the UN Secretary-General, the statement said. As the Secretary-Generals official representative, the Director General serves as a direct link between the UN, the Kenyan government and the extensive diplomatic community in Nairobi, and as the host of a wide variety of diplomatic gatherings and peace-building initiatives that take place in the capital. In June 2005, Annan appointed Tibaijuka as his Special Envoy to study the scope of the Zimbabwean governments evictions of informal traders and people deemed to be squatting illegally. The year before, British Prime Minister Tony Blair had invited Tibaijuka, to be a member of the Commission for Africa, which he established to generate ideas and action to accelerate and sustain Africas growth and development.