27 March 2013

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

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Lieutenant General Edson Leal Pujol of Brazil

Force Commander of United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Edson Leal Pujol of Brazil as Force Commander of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH).

Lieutenant General Pujol succeeds Major General Fernando Rodriguez Goulart, also of Brazil, who completed his assignment on 27 March.† The Secretary-General is grateful for Major General Rodriguez Goulartís performance while serving in MINUSTAH, where his dedication, professionalism and leadership contributed greatly to United Nations stabilization efforts in Haiti.

Bringing extensive experience to his new position, Lieutenant General Pujol joined the Brazilian Army in 1971.† Graduating as a cavalry officer in 1977, he had a distinguished military career, holding a number of senior command and staff positions.† As a major general, he commanded the 1st Armoured Cavalry Brigade from 2007 to 2009.† In 2009, he was assigned command of the Brazilian Military Academy Agulhas Negras.† Promoted to his present rank in 2011, he was appointed Chief of the Army Intelligence Centre, his most recent position.

Lieutenant General Pujol graduated from the Brazilian Army Command and General Staff College and the Brazilian Army War College.

Born in 1955, he is married and has two children.

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