UN Sends New Representative to South Sudan

David Shearer

The United Nations has sent a new Special Representative of the Secretary General to South Sudan and also to head the world body’s mission in the volatile Great lakes country.

The New Zealander, seek David Shearer has become the third head of United Nation’s Mission in South Sudan, cheap  succeeding Ms. Ellen MargretheLøj whose tour of duty expired in November 2016. Ms. Løj in 2014 took over from the UNMISS founding leader, Ms. Hilde Johnson who steered the organization since its formation on 9th July 2011.

The UN Security Council’s 1996 resolution of 8th July 2011, a day before South Sudan independence from Khartoum, created UNMISS.

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Mr. Shearer arrived in capital Juba on Friday and was escorted to the UN compound by the UNMISS senior officials including Moustapha Soumaré, the Deputy SRSG , who has been serving as the acting head of the Mission since Ms. Løj’s departure.

Who is Mr. David Shearer?

The outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 13th December 2016 announced the appointment of David Shearer of New Zealand as his new Special Representative for South Sudan and Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

Mr. Shearer brings to his new position extensive political and humanitarian experience.  He was serving as a Member of Parliament in New Zealand during his appointment. He resigned on 31st December.

Prior to taking up elected office in New Zealand (2009), Mr. Shearer served as the Secretary-General’s Deputy Special Representative, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) (2007-2009).

Previously, he held several senior positions with the United Nations, including head of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, senior humanitarian adviser to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Chief of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Belgrade, among others.

He has conducted various assignments with the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Save the Children Fund, and the International Crisis Group, and is the author of numerous publications in the areas of conflict resolution, effective interventions for peace and humanitarian affairs.

Mr. Shearer holds a master’s degree in resource management from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Born in 1957, he is married and has two children.


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