Antonio Guterres
Antonio Guterres

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Adam Abdelmoula, a dual citizen of Sudan and the United States, as his deputy special representative for Somalia.

Abdelmoula will also serve as the UN resident and humanitarian coordinator in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), the UN chief said in a statement issued Wednesday.

“He will succeed George Conway of Canada who served as acting deputy special representative of the secretary-general, resident and humanitarian coordinator since April 2019 and to whom the secretary-general is grateful for his dedication and service in Somalia,” the statement said.

Currently director of the UN Human Rights Council and Treaty Mechanisms Divisions at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Abdelmoula brings more than 30 years of experience in development, rule of law, human rights, and security, the statement said.

From 2013 to 2016, he served as country director of the UN Development Program (UNDP) in Iraq, and from 2010 to 2013 as resident coordinator in Kuwait and Syria.

In his earlier career, Abdelmoula served as chief of Middle East and North Africa Section in OHCHR and held various assignments with the United Nations in Liberia, Iraq and Somalia, the statement added. Enditem

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