UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday appointed Georgette Gagnon of Canada as the new UN resident coordinator and humanitarian coordinator for Libya.
Gagnon, who will serve at the level of assistant secretary-general, succeeds Yacoub El Hillo of Sudan, who will complete his assignment on Jan. 5, 2021, said Stephane Dujarric, spokesman for Guterres.
Gagnon brings to the position over 25 years of experience leading and implementing strategic initiatives on human rights, humanitarian action and development and coordinating multi-disciplinary teams in conflict and post-conflict countries, said Dujarric.
Most recently, she served as director of field operations and technical cooperation in the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she led the substantive and operational work of the office's 94 field presences around the world. From 2010 to 2015, she was the director of human rights for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan.