|Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York|
SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS KAI EIDE of NORWAY
AS SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE FOR AFGHANISTAN
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Kai Eide of Norway as his Special Representative for Afghanistan and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). Mr. Eide replaces Tom Koenigs of Germany, who completed his assignment in December 2007.
Mr. Eide previously served with the United Nations as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to undertake a comprehensive review of Kosovo in 2005 and as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997-1998.
Mr. Eide has been a member of the Norwegian Foreign Service since 1975. His diplomatic career includes postings as Special Adviser on the Balkans at the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and as Norway’s Ambassador at the International Conference for the former Yugoslavia, with special negotiating responsibility for Croatia. He also served as Permanent Representative of Norway to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and as the Norwegian Ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), including as Chairman of the OSCE Permanent Council.
Mr. Eide holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oslo where he studied political science, international law, French and literature. Born in 1949, he is married and has two daughters.
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