New Delhi: Darrin Farrant, an experienced communication professional with a notable career in public information, has been appointed as the new Director of the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi. This announcement was made by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres at the headquarters.
The United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi serves as a vital field office of the United Nations Department of Global Communications, offering essential services to India and Bhutan. In his role as Director, Mr Farrant will be responsible for overseeing and coordinating the communication efforts of the Centre in these regions.
With an impressive background in public information and communications, Darrin Farrant brings over 30 years of expertise to his new position, including nearly two decades of service with the United Nations. From 2012 to 2022, he held the role of Special Assistant to the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications. Additionally, he has also served as the Acting Chief of Office in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications.
Throughout his United Nations career, Mr Farrant has held various significant positions, such as a speechwriter in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General, an editor with the United Nations News Centre, and the Head of Communications for the Secretary-General's panel on the referendums that led to the independence of South Sudan.
Before joining the United Nations, Darrin Farrant honed his journalism skills as a journalist, reporter, and editor for prominent news organizations in Australia and the United Kingdom. Notably, he contributed to renowned publications such as The Age of Melbourne and The Times of London.
His appointment signifies the United Nations' commitment to fostering effective communication and engagement with India, as India continues to play crucial roles on the global stage.