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Secretary-General Expresses ‘Tremendous Gratitude’ to Under-Secretary-General
for Field Support Ameerah Haq following her Decision to Step Down
The following statement by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was issued today:
Ameerah Haq has informed me of her intention to step down as Under-Secretary-General for Field Support. I would like to express my tremendous gratitude for her outstanding service.
Throughout her career, Ms. Haq has consistently demonstrated a deep care for United Nations field staff and a strong commitment to the values of the Organization. She began her service as a Junior Professional Officer, and over the course of a 38-year career worked in a wide range of development, humanitarian and peacekeeping roles, at Headquarters and in the field. Seven of her 13 assignments, encompassing 20 years with the United Nations, have been served in the field, often in hardship duty stations.
As my Special-Representative in Timor-Leste, she led the final stage of the United Nations peacekeeping assistance to that new and independent country. As Under-Secretary-General for Field Support, during a period of significant expansion in the size and complexity of United Nations peace operations, she has successfully managed to provide enhanced support to United Nations missions and troop- and police-contributing countries, while implementing a number of important reforms that created significant resource efficiencies, reducing the financial burden on Member States.
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