Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named Rashid Khalikov, a veteran United Nations humanitarian official from Russia, as Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Partnerships with the Middle East and Central Asia.
Most recently Mr. Khalikov has served as Director of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Geneva since 2010, where he has played a leading role in building stronger partnerships, resource mobilization and emergency preparedness, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said.
He brings a wealth of experience in engaging with partners, including with regional organizations, in particular in the Middle East and Asia, as well as the private sector.
He became UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Libya in 2011 and co-led partnerships missions with the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) and the League of Arab States to Mauritania and Chad, in addition to visiting over 40 countries where OCHA maintains a field/regional presence.
Mr. Khalikov joined the United Nations in 1993. In 2005 he became Head of the OCHA Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, and the Area Humanitarian Coordinator in the aftermath of the South Asia earthquake.
As Director of OCHA New York from 2006 to2010 he oversaw policy development, information management, external relations, the Central Emergency Response Fund and other humanitarian financing issues.
In 2009 and 2010, he led missions to Pakistan, Yemen, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and Kyrgyzstan to evaluate in-country humanitarian conditions, developing recommendations on the UN’s humanitarian role in these crises.