|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS BO ASPLUND of SWEDEN AS HIS DEPUTY
SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Bo Asplund of Sweden as his Deputy Special Representative for Afghanistan.† Mr. Asplund will also serve as the United Nations Resident Coordinator, as well as the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Afghanistan.
Bo Asplund is the United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Indonesia, a post he has held since in 2001.
Mr. Asplund has also served as Deputy Assistant Administrator of UNDPís Regional Bureau for Arab States at the Organizationís Headquarters in New York, UNDP Senior Deputy Resident Representative in the Sudan, and United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Algeria.
Earlier in his career, Mr. Asplund held positions with his Government, including at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm, and diplomatic postings to Chile and to the Swedish Mission to the United Nations.
Mr. Asplund holds a masterís degree in international economics from Columbia Universityís School of International and Public Affairs; masterís and bachelorís degrees in economics, political science and statistics from the University of Lund (Sweden); and a Certificat díEtudes Politiques from the Institut díEtudes Politiques in Paris.
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