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Ban to appoint new UN envoys for Nepal, Guinea-Bissau

Ban to appoint new UN envoys for Nepal, Guinea-Bissau

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Secretary-General has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Karin Landgren of Sweden and Joseph Mutaboba of Rwanda and as his top United Nations envoys to Nepal and Guinea-Bissau, respectively.

Ms. Landgren is no stranger to Nepal, having served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative there since September 2008.

In her new role as Mr. Ban’s Representative, she will head a slightly downsized UN Mission in Nepal (UNMIN) after the departure of the current Special Representative, Ian Martin.

She brings with her many years of political, managerial and international law experience with the Organization.

As the Secretary-General’s Representative in Guinea-Bissau, Mr. Mutaboba will head the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in that country (UNOGBIS), replacing Shola Omoregie, who retired on 31 December 2008 after more than 30 years of continuous service with the world body.

Mr. Mutaboba has had a long career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, and is currently serving as the Rwandan President’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region.