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September 3rd, 2015

The newly-appointed Director-General of Inter Press Service, Ms Farhana Haque Rahman, assumed office on 1 September. Farhana_ipsCongratulating Ms. Haque Rahman on her appointment and welcoming her on board, IPS President Ambassador Walther Lichem appreciated that she was taking on an enormous challenge, especially to serve the interests of developing countries. “To achieve the goals of the organisation, she will work with highly-motivated IPS staff, binding a global team through intense internal communication and leading them to continue to reach people in those corners of the world where no other news agencies venture,” he said.

Ms Haque Rahman expressed her thanks to outgoing Director-General Ramesh Jaura for his constructive contribution to IPS. She pledged to work with the IPS team to enhance the agency’s role as an advocate for the developing countries, keeping critical issues such as poverty eradication, food and nutrition security, sustainability, gender equality, women’s empowerment, climate, nuclear disarmament, remittances and migration on top of the IPS agenda. To ensure that the world is free from the scourges of hunger and is a safe place for future generations, IPS will continue to offer news analyses and human stories on the day-to-day realities faced by people in developing countries. “In an ever-changing social, political and economic environment, IPS must ensure that both traditional and new audiences can use various channels to share their work widely, especially in the donor community,” said Ambassador Lichem. In conclusion, he added that the interdependence of regions worldwide requires a development of capacities to assume responsibilities which we all share and therefore support to IPS by donor countries is not an act of charity but an act of smart thinking.

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