UN chief appoints new deputy envoy to Somalia

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Addis Ababa, 1 January 2014 (WIC) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed on Monday Philippe Lazzarini as his Deputy Special Representative, as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, in Somalia.

Mr. Lazzarini, a citizen of Switzerland, will serve as Deputy to Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Kay, who heads the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).

The Security Council established the UNSOM in May 2013 to effectively coordinate international support for Somalia’s Federal Government.

The Mission’s mandate includes providing UN ‘good offices’ functions to support peace and reconciliation; assisting the Government and the AMISOM, with advice on peace building and State building; assisting in coordinating international support; helping build capacity in human rights and the rule of law; and monitoring and helping prevent human rights violations.

Mr. Lazzarini, who has been the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Somalia since March 2013, will also continue to bring together the different UN agencies operating in Somalia to improve their efficiency and effectiveness at providing humanitarian and development support to the Government.

Prior to this assignment, he held a number of senior positions in the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, including as Deputy Director of the Coordination and Response Division, and in various field positions in Iraq, Angola, Somalia, and the occupied Palestinian territory.

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