Dr. Sandro Calvani has been appointed as new Director of the ASEAN Regional Centre of Excellence on Millennium Development Goals (ARCMDG) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), based in Bangkok, Thailand.
The ARCMDG was created to promote, educate and train on MDGs through out the region in close collaboration with the stakeholders in the field. It has been endorsed by the UN Secretary-General as the world’s first Regional Center of Excellence on MDGs for its establishment and functioning at AIT. The center was established and made functional since 1 May 2008. The joint declaration of the Heads of the State in the 14th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) during 26 February to 1 March 2009 at Hua Hin in Thailand has reaffirmed the commitment for attaining the Millennium Development Goals by sharing information, experiences and best practices among the member states through relevant ASEAN bodies as well as through the ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence on MDGs at AIT and other regional institutions.
Aside from his main responsibility as the Director of the ASEAN Regional Center of Excellence of MDGs, Dr. Calvani will also be assisting the AIT Yunus Center, CSR Asia Center at AIT, fundraising efforts of AIT; and in AIT’s regional expansion plans through the conduct of pilot studies of priority countries as part of the examination of a new funding model for AIT, being conducted, under the auspices and overall direction of the AIT Executive Committee and Board of Trustees.
Dr. Calvani will take up his new responsibilities in early August 2010.
Dr. Jayant K. Routray, who is currently heading the ARCMDG, will continue to be closely associated with the ARCMDG activities.
17 Jun 2010