Experienced official from Netherlands appointed Deputy UN Special Representative for Mali

MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Ansongo, in the Gao Region of eastern Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

MINUSMA peacekeepers on patrol in Ansongo, in the Gao Region of eastern Mali. Photo: MINUSMA/Marco Dormino

Mali, 25 August 2015 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Koen Davidse, of the Netherlands, as his Deputy Special Representative in the UN Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA). He will succeed Arnauld Akodjènou, of Benin, in September 2015.

Mr. Davidse brings with him 25 years of international experience. From 2011 to 2015, he served as Director of Multilateral Institutions and Human Rights at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Netherlands, and as Director of Peacebuilding and Stabilization, and acted as the Dutch Special Envoy for Sudan.

Mr. Davidse also served in South Asia for the Ministry and at the Permanent Missions of the Netherlands to the UN in Geneva and New York. In 2006, the appointee served at the Organization as Research Director for the Secretary-General’s High-level Panel on UN System-wide Coherence.