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 17–18, 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:
- 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.
- To appoint Ismail Serageldin as a
new Patron of the GWP, joining Kader Asmal and the Crown Prince in
- 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
Executive Secretary, GWP
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Bio of Ms Margaret
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).
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.
Catley-Carlson graduated from the University of British of Columbia and
has received eight honorary degrees.