Ex-Swedish minister Eliasson to replace Dr Migiro as UN deputy chief

Mr Eliasson
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed former Swedish foreign minister Jan Eliasson as his deputy on Friday, describing him as a veteran in the field of diplomacy and international relations.

He will take up his deputy secretary-general role on July 1, Ban said. The current deputy, former Tanzanian Foreign Minister Asha-Rose Migiro, will return to Tanzania when her term ends.

Dr Migiro
 Eliasson, a career diplomat who was Sweden's foreign minister in 2006, has served as the U.N. chief of humanitarian affairs and, more recently, as the U.N. special envoy to Darfur, Sudan at the height of the region's humanitarian crisis.

"He was involved in emergency humanitarian operations and conflict prevention in a number of hot spots like Sudan, Somalia, Mozambique and the Balkans," Ban said.

Eliasson was also president of the 60th session of the U.N. General Assembly in 2005-06, leading reform initiatives that resulted in the creation of the U.N. Human Rights Council and Peacebuilding Commission.

Ban also appointed Argentinian Susana Malcorra, currently the under-secretary-general of field support, as his chief of staff, starting April 1.
Source: Reuters,af.reuters.com, reported by Michelle Nichols at United Nations
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