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Ban appoints new Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Posted on Mar 16, 10:13PM | IBNS

New York, Mar 16 : United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Flavia Pansieri of Italy as the new Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, it was announced Friday.

Pansieri will replace Kyung-wha Kang of the Republic of Korea "to whom the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are grateful for her dedicated service to the United Nations human rights programme during the past six years," UN spokesperson Eduardo del Buey told reporters in New York.

Most recently, Pansieri served as the Executive Coordinator of the UN Volunteers (UNV) Programme. She brings to her new position nearly 30 years of experience with the UN around the world, including in Yemen, China, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Laos and New York.

The UN human rights office (OHCHR), headquartered in Geneva, has the primary responsibility for promoting and protecting the enjoyment and full realization of human rights for all.

Headed by High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay, the office offers leadership, works objectively, educates and takes action to empower individuals and assist States in upholding human rights.