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Ms Margaret Catley-Carlson 
nominated to take up the reigns of GWP


August 3, 2020

After five highly successful and productive years as the GWP Chair, Ismail Serageldin plans to step down and has nominated Margaret Catley-Carlson to succeed him as Chair. Elections will be held at the forthcoming Consultative Group meeting being held August 1718, 2000 in Stockholm. This proposal comes as a result of several formal discussions among the Steering Committee, Ismail Serageldin and Margaret Catley-Carlson.

After careful deliberation at its meeting in June, the Steering Committee agreed unanimously to make the following recommendation to the GWP members at the Stockholm CG meeting:

  1. To commend Ismail Serageldin for his outstanding job as Chair in leading the GWP from inception to its current role as a leading player in the global water arena.
  2. To appoint Ismail Serageldin as a new Patron of the GWP, joining Kader Asmal and the Crown Prince in that capacity.
  3. To unanimously endorse the nomination of Margaret Catley-Carlson as the new Chair of the GWP, for election by the CG to a two year renewable term at the forthcoming CG meeting.

GWP will hold a reception on Tuesday evening, August 15, to honour Ismail Serageldin for his outstanding contributions to GWP, an organisation he so ably raised and which now stands solidly recognised in the global water community. All GWP members and colleagues participating in the CG meeting in Stockholm are being invited to participate in this event.

We are also very fortunate that a very eminent person like Margaret Catley-Carlson is willing to take on the responsibilities of chairing GWP at a time when GWP is facing newer and greater challenges that have emanated this year from the Second World Water Forum in The Hague.

Margaret Catley-Carlson, a Canadian citizen, currently holds the Vice-Chair of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa, the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International in the UK, and serves as a Commissioner for the International Advisory Committee of the 2020 Vision of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI). An abbreviated CV detailing her impressive background is appended for further information.

Khalid Mohtadullah
Executive Secretary, GWP


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Bio of Ms Margaret Catley-Carlson

Margaret Catley-Carlson is an advisor to and/or Director of many international organizations: International Development Research Centre in Ottawa (Vice-Chair) the Overseas Development Council in Washington, Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International in the UK (Chair, Board of Governors). 

She is a Commissioner for the World Bank Commission on Water for the 21st Century and for the Interrnational Advisory Committee - 2020 Vision, of International Food Policy Research. She is a member of the Canadian Advisory Council to the International Ocean Institute, and the Inter-American Dialogue. Mrs Catley-Carlson is the immediate past president of the Population Council (91-99), and past President of CIDA, the Canadian International Development Agency (1983-89). She has been Deputy Director (Operations) of UNICEF, with the rank of Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations; Deputy Minister, Health and Welfare Her international career began in the Department of External Affairs, Canada, with diplomatic posts in Sri Lanka and London. 

Mrs. Catley-Carlson graduated from the University of British of Columbia and has received eight honorary degrees.


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