United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed of Mauritania as his deputy special representative and deputy head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed will also serve as resident coordinator and resident representative of UN Development Programme. He brings with him 27 years of experience in development and humanitarian issues and served recently as resident coordinator, humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative in Syria and Yemen. He also served as director of change management with UNICEF. Mr. Ould Cheikh Ahmed replaces Georg Charpentier of Finland.
The Secretary-General announced the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini of Switzerland as the deputy special representative, resident and humanitarian coordinator in Somalia. Mr. Lazzarini has extensive experience in international coordination in conflict and post-conflict humanitarian areas, including in Somalia. Since March 2013, Mr. Lazzarini has served as the resident and humanitarian coordinator and UNDP resident representative. Prior to this assignment, Mr. Lazzarini held senior positions in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, including as deputy director (2011 to 2013) and in various field positions in Iraq, Angola, Somalia and the Occupied Palestinian Territory.