Having served for many years as Head of Child Protection with the United Nations Children’s Fund [UNICEF] Ms Karin Landgren of Sweden added yet another value to her success story as she has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Office in Burundi.
Ms Landgren was prior to her appointment, the Country Representative of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [UNHCR] in Eritrea, Singapore and Bosnia. With her diverse experiences which she has exhibited in the different positions she has held, Ms Landgren, born in 1957, and an adjunct Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, has lectured widely on Humanitarian, Refugee and Child-Protection issues.
The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude to the outgoing Head of UN’s office in Burundi, Charles Petrie for his service to the organization.
Ms Landgren is expected to head the scaled-down United Nations operation tasked with helping the Central African Nation consolidate peace, development and promotion of human rights.