8 March 2012

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Secretary-General Appoints Sven Alkalaj of Bosnia and Herzegovina Executive


Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe


The Secretary-General has selected Mr. Sven Alkalaj, a national of Bosnia and Herzegovina, as Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of his country and Ambassador in Washington and Brussels.  He has dealt with political and economic issues at the national, regional, European, and international levels, gaining particular experience in enhancing regional cooperation amongst countries in the Western Balkans as well as the Eastern European and the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) countries.  He will focus on building consensus among various actors and stakeholders at all levels regarding the agenda of UNECE.

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