16 November 2023, Hiroshima, Japan – Mr. Tetsuo Kondo joined the Advisory Board of the UNITAR Division for Prosperity in August 2023. He brings to the Board expertise from decades of experience as a Japanese diplomat and United Nations official.

Mr. Kondo sees many strengths and unique values in UNITAR.

There is still inequality, insecurity and the pandemic, causing stress all over the world. UNITAR has profound knowledge in training and a strong global network, which will help people in countries with conflict”. - Tetsuo Kondo, Member of the Advisory Board of Division for Prosperity, UNITAR

In his work, Mr Kondo has seen the needs – and especially training needs – of developing countries that must be met to help more people secure sustainable livelihoods. He hopes to contribute to UNITAR Division for Prosperity by serving as a bridge to partners in different sectors and countries, to leave no one behind.

Mr. Tetsuo Kondo is the former Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representation Office in Tokyo. He served as Country Director of UNDP Chad, Deputy Resident Representative of UNDP Kosovo, Senior Humanitarian Coordination Advisor of the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor Leste, Senior Advisor of UNDP Regional Centre in Bangkok, Special Advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary-General at the UN Mission for Assistance to Iraq, and Special Advisor to the Bureau for Resources and Strategic Partnerships in UNDP New York.

Prior to the United Nations, he held various positions with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, including Vice-President of the UNDP/United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Executive Board, First Secretary in the Permanent Mission of Japan to the United Nations, and Assistant Director of the Law of the Sea, Office of Treaty Bureau.

Mr. Kondo currently serves as a visiting professor of development and global health policy at Sophia University, University of Tokyo, Kyoto University, Nagasaki University, and Kanazawa Institute of Technology in Japan.

UNITAR welcomes Mr. Tetsuo Kondo to the Advisory Board. We look forward to learning from his expertise and working together to enhance the work of the Division.

about unitar

The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is a dedicated training arm of the United Nations. In 2022, UNITAR trained over 395,000 learners around the world to support their actions for a better future. In addition to our headquarters in Geneva, UNITAR has offices in Hiroshima, New York and Bonn and networks around the world.

One of the eight divisions of UNITAR, the Division for Prosperity / Hiroshima Office seeks to shape an inclusive, sustainable and prosperous world. Our learning and knowledge-sharing services cover entrepreneurship, leadership, finance and trade, digital technologies, and nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. We empower individuals from developing countries – especially women and young people – to address inequalities. Our alumni are making a difference in least-developed countries, countries emerging from conflict, and small-island developing states.

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