[Dateline: New York | Author: EOSG]
Secretary-General BAN Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Joseph Mutaboba of Rwanda as his Representative in Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in that country (UNOGBIS) and Karin Landgren of Sweden as his Representative in Nepal and Head of UNMIN.
Mr. Mutaboba will replace Mr. Shola Omoregie who retired on 31 December 2008 after more than 30 years of continuous service with the United Nations. Ms. Landgren will head the Mission after the departure of Mr. Ian Martin and the adoption of Security Council resolution 1864 (2009).
Mr. Mutaboba has had a long career in diplomacy and foreign affairs, and is currently serving as the Rwandan President’s Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region. He has managed reforms in government ministries and services in Rwanda to improve efficiency. He has also played an active role in the country’s security sector reform process, and served as the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations from 1999 to 2001.
Mr. Joseph Mutaboba previously served as Secretary-General for the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Internal Affairs in Rwanda, Deputy National Coordinator for Rwanda and Head of the Peace and Security thematic group in the International Conference on the Great Lakes region, senior diplomat in Addis Ababa and Washington D.C.
Mr. Joseph Mutaboba has a Master of Philosophy in Librarian and Information Science from the North London University. He speaks English and French, and has working knowledge in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
Born on 21 December 1949, he is married with three children.
Ms. Landgren has served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Nepal since September 2008 and has had many years of political, managerial, and international law experience with the United Nations.
She was the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) country representative to Eritrea, Singapore and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Her service with UNHCR also included postings in India and the Philippines, and as the Chief of Standards and Legal Advice. She was UNICEF’s Head of Child Protection for many years. She brings added-value as the Representative of the Secretary-General (RSG) with her diverse experience in HQ and in the field, in addition to her work as DSRSG in Nepal.
Ms. Landgren is an adjunct professor at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, and has published and lectured widely on humanitarian, refugee and child protection issues. She has a Bachelor of Science (Economics) in international relations and a Masters in international law from the London School of Economics.
Born on 13 October 1957, she has two children.