New York, 15 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Agostinho Zacarias of Mozambique as his Deputy Special Representative ad interim for the United Nations Office in Burundi (BNUB), where he will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
Mr. Zacarias will succeed Rosine Sori-Coulibaly of Burkina Faso, who completed her assignment in May 2014. The Secretary-General is grateful to Ms. Sori-Coulibaly for her dedicated service and contribution to peace consolidation efforts in Burundi.
Mr. Zacarias brings to the position several years of professional and academic experience in the field of peace, security and development. Prior to this appointment, he served for more than four years as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa.
From 2005 to 2009, Mr. Zacarias served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of UNDP Zimbabwe. Prior to that, he served in various positions for the United Nations in Angola and New York. Earlier in his career, Mr. Zacarias taught International Relations at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Princeton University in the United States and the London School of Economics. He also taught Political Science at the Higher Institute of International Relations in Mozambique.
Mr. Zacarias holds a PhD in International Relations from the London School of Economics.
Born in 1956, he is married and has three children.
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