Top Scoops

Book Reviews | Gordon Campbell | Scoop News | Wellington Scoop | Community Scoop | Search

 

UN Appoints Staffan De Mistura To Top Iraq Post

UN Secretary-General Appoints Staffan De Mistura To Top Post In Iraq

By Andreas von Warburg

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Staffan de Mistura of Sweden as his Special Representative in Baghdad and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI), as anticipated by Scoop.

De Mistura, currently head of the United Nations System Staff College in Turin, will be taking over from Ashraf Qazi, appointed yesterday as the new Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan. De Mistura will work closely with a the newly appointed Deputy Special Representative for Iraq, David Shearer of New Zealand.

The announcement was made earlier today at the UN Headquarters during a briefing of the spokesperson of the Secretary-General, Michelle Montas. Ban informed the Security Council of his decision yesterday, with a letter address to the Council’s rotating President, Ambassador Jean-Maurice Ripert of France.

De Mistura was chosen over strong candidates from UN Member States actively involved in Iraq. Candidates for the top position included Lebanon’s former Minister Ghassan Salame and Italy’s former Ambassador in Baghdad, Gianludovico de Martino.

Born in Stockholm, Sweden, in January 1947, de Mistura joined the United Nations system in 1970, when he worked for the World Food Programme in Sudan. Prior to his appointments in Lebanon first and Iraq later, de Mistura was Director of the United Nations Information Centre in Rome.

For more than three decades, he has served the United Nations in many capacities mostly related to humanitarian operations in conflict areas. He was Director of Fund-Raising and External Relations of the United Nations Office of the Coordinator for Afghanistan from 1988 to 1991, Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to Albania in 1990, Director of the World Food Programme operations in Sudan in 1987 and as the Food and Agriculture Organization's Deputy Chef de Cabinet, from 1976 to 1985. In addition, he was given special humanitarian assignments to Dubrovnik, Sarajevo, Sudan, Ethiopia, Viet Nam and the Lao People's Democratic Republic.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Top Scoops Headlines

 


Binoy Kampmark: A Looting Matter: Cambodia’s Stolen Antiquities

Cambodia has often featured in the Western imagination as a place of plunder and pilfering. Temples and artefacts of exquisite beauty have exercised the interest of adventurers and buccaneers who looted with almost kleptocratic tendency. In 1924, the French novelist and future statesman André Malraux, proved himself one of Europe’s greatest adventurers in making off with a ton of sacred stones from Angkor Wat... More>>



Dunne Speaks: Labour Leadership Speculation Premature And Facile
Speculation that the Prime Minister’s leadership of the Labour Party may be at risk because of this week’s adverse poll results is as exaggerated as it is premature and facile. While her popularity has plummeted from the artificially stellar heights of a couple of years ago and is probably set to fall further to what would be a more realistic assessment... More>>




Ian Powell: Colossal ‘Porkies’ And Band-aids Don’t Make A Health Workforce Plan

On 1 August Minister of Health Andrew Little announced what he described as the start of a plan for the beleaguered workforce in Aotearoa New Zealand’s health system: Government’s 5 year late health workforce announcement. In October 2017, when Labour became government with its two coalition parties, it inherited a health workforce crisis from the previous National-led government... More>>


Binoy Kampmark: The Fuss About Monkeypox
The World Health Organization has been one of the easier bodies to abuse. For parochial types, populist moaners and critics of international institutions, the WHO bore the brunt of criticisms from Donald Trump to Jair Bolsonaro. Being a key institution in identifying public health risks, it took time assessing the threat posed by SARS-CoV-2 and its disease, COVID-19... More>>

Dunne Speaks: Time For MPs To Think For Themselves
One of the more frequently quoted statements of the Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, was his observation that “Your representative owes you, not his industry only, but his judgement, and he betrays instead of serving you if he sacrifices it to your opinion.”... More>>