TEHRAN (FNA)- Iran will reportedly chair the executive board of the UN Development Program and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in 2009.
The Iranian envoy to the United Nations Mohammad Khaza'i was selected as a candidate for the portfolio due to his experience in development affairs on international levels, the Islamic republic news agency reported.
The joint executive board of the UNFPA and UNDP is comprised of 36 countries from various geographic locations who chair the board each year.
Despite efforts by the US, France and Britain to hamper Iran's appointment to the post, members of the developed and developing countries of the UNDP and UNFPA reportedly voted for Iran.
Established in 1966, UNDP is the UN's global development network, advocating change and working with 166 countries on individualized solutions to global and national development challenges. The volume of development activities of the UNDP surpasses $4 billion each year.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every individual to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity.
Iran will lead the board for the first time in 2009.