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New Zealander politician appointed UNMISS chief

Author : Staff Writer | Published: Wednesday, December 14, 2016

The outgoing United Nations Secretary-General has appointed New Zealand politician as the head of the UN mission in South Sudan.

David Shearer, 59, succeeds Ellen Margrethe Løj of Denmark, who completed her assignment last month.

“Mr Shearer brings to this position extensive political and humanitarian experience,” partly read a statement.

“Currently a Member of Parliament in New Zealand, he will take up his new position as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative in 2017, following his resignation as a Member of Parliament effective 31 December 2016.”

In a statement, Ban ki-Moon expressed his gratefulness for “Ms. Løj’s dedication and excellent leadership of UNMISS over the past two plus years, under extremely challenging political, security, humanitarian and human rights circumstances in South Sudan”.

Prior to taking up elected office in New Zealand (2009), Mr. Shearer served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) (2007-2009), according to the UN.

Previously, he held several senior positions with the United Nations, including head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, senior humanitarian adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Chief of OCHA in Belgrade among others.

He has conducted various assignments with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Save the Children Fund, and the International Crisis Group, and is the author of numerous publications in the areas of conflict resolution, effective interventions for peace and humanitarian affairs.

Mr. Shearer holds an MSc in Resource Management from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

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