United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced on 8 January 2020 the appointment of Lizbeth Cullity of the United States as Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).
Ms. Cullity succeeds Kenneth Gluck, also of the United States, who completed his assignment in December 2019. The Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service in the Central African Republic during a crucial period in the political process.
Ms. Cullity brings over 25 years of leadership experience with the United Nations in Africa, the Americas and the Pacific. From 2008 to 2010, she served as the Representative of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), to Haiti and Chief of the Human Rights Section in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). From 2011 to 2013, she served as MINUSTAH’s Chief of Political Affairs, and from 2013 to 2017 as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme Resident Representative in Samoa. Most recently she served as Chief of Staff of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA).
She also served in numerous leadership roles in Sierra Leone and in Haiti, including as Regional Coordinator of the United Nations/Organization of American States International Civilian Mission to Haiti from 1993 to 2000 and as Chief of the human rights, political and electoral pillar of the Organization of American States Special Political Mission to Haiti from 2002 to 2004.
A graduate of the School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont, United States, Ms. Cullity holds a master’s degree in international administration, and is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole.