UN appointment

Ban Ki-Moon appoints veteran Swedish diplomat, Jan Eliasson, as new UN Deputy Secretary-General.

Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, announced on 2 March 2012 the appointment of Jan Eliasson of Sweden, a veteran in the fields of diplomacy and foreign relations, as the new Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations.

Mr. Eliasson, who will take over from Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania on 1 July 2012, is no stranger to the UN, having served as the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Darfur, President of the 60th session of the General Assembly and first Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. He is currently a member of the Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Advocate Group.

At the national level, he has served in key ambassadorial positions representing his country in New York and Washington, as well as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs and Foreign Minister of Sweden.

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