21 August 2012, Geneva, Switzerland - The Institute wishes to congratulate Lakhdar Brahimi on his appointment as the new joint United Nations–Arab League envoy to Syria. Mr. Brahimi brings a wealth of talent and experience to this crucial task, as recognized by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
With a long-standing national and international career in public service, Mr. Brahimi served as Algeria’s foreign minister from 1991-1993 and then in various high-level capacities for the United Nations, including as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Iraq. Mr. Brahimi chaired the Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (2000) and the Panel on Safety, Security of United Nations Personnel and Premises (2008). He also served as Under-Secretary-General for Special Assignments in Support of the Secretary-General's Preventive and Peacemaking Efforts and has accomplished a number of other missions and assignments for the United Nations, including Special Representative for Haiti (1994-1996) and South Africa (1993-1994).
Mr. Brahimi was appointed by the Secretary-General as a UNITAR trustee in January 2008 and is current serving his second, consecutive term on the Board.
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