8 March 2010

Secretary-General Promotes Ann-Marie Orler of Sweden to United Nations Police Adviser in Department of Peacekeeping Operations

8 March 2010
Press Release
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Promotes Ann-Marie Orler of Sweden To United Nations

Police Adviser in Department of Peacekeeping Operations


United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Ann-Marie Orler as the new United Nations Police Adviser in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.  She has been Deputy Police Adviser since 2008.

A lawyer and police officer by training, Ms. Orler worked with the Swedish National Police for almost 20 years before joining the United Nations.  Most recently she was County Commissioner for Västmanland, a county west of the Swedish capital, Stockholm.

Apart from her extensive senior-level police experience, Ms. Orler served from 2001 to 2003 at the Council of Europe as Programme Manager for the “Police and Human Rights Beyond 2000” programme.  She was the Secretary General of Amnesty International in Sweden for a brief period in 1998 and worked in the private sector in 1999 as a leadership consultant specializing in leadership on a strategic level.

Ms. Orler has led the global United Nations effort, launched in August 2009, to recruit more female police officers for the Organization’s peacekeeping operations.  She has travelled extensively as part of her international policing career, and was elected to the Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Degrading Treatment between 2004 and 2008.

A graduate of the Swedish Police Training Academy, Ms. Orler holds a law degree from the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and also studied journalism.

For further information, please contact Lee Woodyear, Public Information Officer, Office of Rule of Law and Security Institutions, telephone: +1 917 367 0200, e-mail:

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