UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon announced Monday the appointment of Philippe Lazzarini as his Deputy Special Representative, as well as Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Somalia.
Lazzarini, a citizen of Switzerland, will serve as deputy to Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Nicholas Kay, who heads the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (USM).
The Security Council established the mission in May to more effectively coordinate international support for the government of Somalia, an African country which has been torn asunder by factional fighting since 1991 but has recently made progress towards stability.
The mission’s mandate includes providing UN good offices’ functions to support peace and reconciliation; assisting the government and the existing African Union peacekeeping force, known as AMISOM, with advice on peacebuilding 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.
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 (OCHA), including as Deputy Director of the Coordination and Response Division, and in various field positions in Iraq, Angola, Somalia, and the occupied Palestinian territory.