27 April 2012

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

Biographical Note

Secretary General Appoints Major General Robert Mood of Norway


to Head United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Major General Robert Mood of Norway as the Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission of the United Nations Supervision Mission in Syria (UNSMIS).

Major General Mood brings to his new position extensive command experience and knowledge of peacekeeping attained through service at the national and international levels, including in United Nations peacekeeping operations.  Prior to his appointment, Major General Mood was the Inspector General Veteran Affairs of the Norwegian Armed Forces, a position he held since 2011.  Previously, Major General Mood served as the United Nations Truce Supervision Organization [Middle East] (UNTSO) Head of Mission and Chief of Staff from 2009 to 2011.  From 2005 to the time of his appointment to UNTSO, Major General Mood was Chief of Staff of the Norwegian Army.

From 1989 to 1990, Major General Mood served as the Operations Officer with the Norwegian Battalion within the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL).  He was the Chief Joint Implementation Commission with KFOR Command Group and Commanding Officer of the Norwegian Army Transformation and Doctrine Command.

Major General Mood holds a Masters of Military Studies from the United States Marine Corps University.  He also attended a number of military institutions, including the Norwegian Army Staff College and the NATO Defence College in Rome. 

Born in Norway in 1958, Major General Mood is married and has one son.

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*     This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1172-BIO/4058-PKO/203 of 20 January 2009.

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