United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Major General Per Lodin of Sweden as Chief Military Observer and Head of Mission for the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).
Major General Lodin succeeds Major General Delali Johnson Sakyi of Ghana, who will complete his two-year assignment on 2 July 2016. The Secretary-General is grateful to Major General Sakyi for his contribution to United Nations peacekeeping.
With a distinguished military career in the Swedish Army beginning in 1978, Major General Lodin most recently held the position of Director of Procurement and Logistics for the Swedish Armed Forces. Previous to this he was the Deputy Director of the National Armaments for Sweden (2012-2014).
He also served as Director of Strategic Planning and Development (2008), Head of Strategies, Research and Development and Business Development (2007) and Deputy Chief of Staff at the Swedish Armed Forces (2005-2006).
Major General Lodin is a member of the Swedish Academy of Military Science. He holds a diploma from the Graduate Institute of International studies based in Geneva and attended the United Nations Senior Mission Leaders course in 2015.
Born in 1956, he is married and has two children.