JAYANTHA DHANAPALA: A SOLID U.N. MANAGER WITH A DYNAMIC APPROACH

 

JAYANTHA DHANAPALA: A SOLID U.N. MANAGER WITH A DYNAMIC APPROACH

9 September 2005

The unassuming yet easily distinguished former U.N. Under-Secretary General from Sri Lanka typically avoids self-promotion. He always did his sterling work in an inclusive, transparent and dynamic manner, giving credit to his team of colleagues.

An Asian deeply committed to the issues of his continent, Mr. Dhanapala gained intricate knowledge of main international problems through his U.N. work and his active participation in regional seminars and international conferences. He combined cost-effective management with compassionate support for human dignity and the value of life. As head of the Disarmament Department, he presented intricate technical issues in clear concise terms and combined his understanding of Big Power politics with his commitment to international peace and security.

A close associate of our beloved colleague Sergio Vieira de Mello, he grieved deeply and graciously, unlike those who went out shamelessly exploiting our tragedy to acquire personal media coverage.

More to the point at these crucial times for the U.N., Jayantha Dhanapala has impeccable personal integrity with a clear focus on issues at hand. While gracious with colleagues, he never compromised on professional competence and administrative accountability. While open to new proposals, he does not need a listening tour nor an orientation training course. He is ready, able and qualified. For what? If you have to ask then you are not aware that the turn for the next Secretary General is for Asia.