United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi Confirmed by General Assembly Decision

25 Nov

Following the recommendation of the Secretary-General of the United Nations, after consultation with Member States, the General Assembly confirmed Filippo Grandi of Italy as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for a further two‑and‑a‑half‑year term, beginning 1 January 2021 and ending 30 June 2023.  While the Secretary‑General had intended to request the General Assembly to elect Mr. Grandi for a further term of five years, Mr. Grandi was agreeable, owing to personal reasons, to the shorter term.  Mr. Grandi is currently serving an initial five‑year term as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Secretary-General Appoints Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya Special Adviser on Prevention of Genocide

10 Nov

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Alice Wairimu Nderitu of Kenya as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.  She succeeds Adama Dieng of Senegal, to whom the Secretary-General has expressed deep gratitude for his dedicated leadership and achievements.  The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to Navamanee Ratna (Pramila) Patten, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, who has been serving as Acting Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.

Secretary-General Appoints Gina Casar of Mexico Assistant Secretary-General of World Food Programme

23 Sep

On 23 September, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director David Beasley and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General Qu Dongyu announced the appointment of Gina Casar of Mexico as WFP Senior Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level.

Secretary-General Appoints Matthias Z. Naab of Ghana United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cameroon

8 Sep

On 1 September, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Matthias Z. Naab of the United States, who holds a dual citizenship as he was born in Ghana, as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Cameroon, with the host Government’s approval.