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SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS EXECUTIVE REPRESENTATIVE FOR UNITED NATIONS
INTEGRATED PEACEBUILDING OFFICE IN SIERRA LEONE
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Michael von der Schulenburg of Germany as his Executive Representative for the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Sierra Leone (UNIPSIL). Mr. von der Schulenburg will replace Victor Da Silva Angelo.
The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Da Silva Angelo, who currently serves as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), for his committed service in Sierra Leone.
Mr. von der Schulenburg, who is currently Acting Executive Representative for UNIPSIL, is uniquely suited to lead the first fully integrated United Nations peacebuilding mission. He accumulated a wide range of professional experience covering virtually all aspects of United Nations activities, from development assistance to humanitarian aid and managerial reforms, and from combating illicit drug trafficking to conflict resolution and political affairs.
His long and distinguished career with the United Nations includes serving in various challenging positions and many of the world’s trouble spots. In addition to holding various senior positions at Headquarters, he served mostly in field assignments. These include long-term assignments in Haiti, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. He further participated in a number of important short-term United Nations field assignments and missions around the world that included Afghanistan, Syria and Somalia. In his most recent assignment, he served as Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Political Affairs with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI).
Over the years, Mr. von der Schulenburg has also made important contributions to internal strategy discussions of the United Nations and has written a number of analytical and policy papers.
Born on 16 October 1948 in Germany, he holds a master’s degree in economics from the Free University in Berlin. He also studied at the London School of Economics and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration in Paris. He is married and has four children.
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