UN SG appoints resident coordinators for Liberia, Niger, Montenegro

UN SG appoints resident coordinators for Liberia, Niger, Montenegro

Moses Kuwema 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed Niels Scott of the United Kingdom as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Liberia, with the host Government’s approval.

And Secretary-General Guterres has appointed Louise Aubin of Canada as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Niger, with the host Government’s approval.

Mr. Scott has more than 25 years of experience in international cooperation, development coordination, humanitarian assistance, crisis management and peacebuilding support, acquired at the United Nations and externally.  

Within the Organization, he served most recently as Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator in Burundi, after holding a similar position in Indonesia.  

Mr. Scott previously was Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Georgia.

He also held leadership positions with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, including Head of Office in Libya and Côte d’Ivoire; Acting Head of Office in Haiti; and Chief of Humanitarian Coordination Support, as well as Disaster and Vulnerability Policy.  

With the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS), Mr. Scott was Head of the Regional Office for Darfur and of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs Darfur Cell.

Before joining the United Nations, he worked with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) for 15 years, including as Operations Coordinator, Representative for Haiti, Head of the Regional Delegation for Central Asia, then West and Central Africa, Head of Delegation in Georgia, Relief Coordinator in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Logistics Officer in Croatia. 

He also served with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) as Programme Coordinator in Croatia and held other positions in the non-governmental and private sectors.

Mr. Scott holds a degree in social science and politics from the University of Edinburgh in the United Kingdom.

And Ms. Aubin brings to the position more than 25 years of legal, policy and humanitarian experience acquired across the private and public sectors.  At the United Nations, she most recently served as Regional Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in its multi-country office, based in Australia, after leading large-scale emergency responses around the world, including in Bangladesh.

She also led the Global Protection Cluster of the United Nations and served as the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR) Deputy Director for International Protection, developing policies focused on children, gender, education and community-based programmes.

Ms. Aubin holds a degree in political science and a Juris Doctor from the University of Ottawa in Canada, as well as a master’s degree in law from the University of Poitiers in France.

Meanwhile, Secretary-General Guterres also appointed Peter Lundberg of Sweden as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Montenegro, with the host Government’s approval.

Mr. Lundberg has more than 25 years of experience in public, diplomatic, humanitarian and sustainable development service, acquired both at the United Nations and externally.  Within the Organization, he most recently served as Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in north-east Nigeria from 2016 to 2018, taking on the role of Acting Humanitarian Coordinator as required.

After his assignment with the United Nations ended in 2018, Mr. Lundberg served as Head of his country’s Regional Development Cooperation for the Middle East and North Africa region in Sweden’s Embassy in Jordan and as Special Political Adviser on the Lake Chad Crisis in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Before serving in the United Nations from 1990 to 2016, he held leadership positions with the Swedish International Development Agency, including Director for Humanitarian Assistance and Deputy Head of the Humanitarian Division. 

He also worked with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) as External Relations Manager in Malaysia and Head of Delegation in Zimbabwe.

Mr. Lundberg also served as Sweden’s Deputy Consul General and Vice Consul in Jerusalem and was previously a non-commissioned officer in the Swedish Royal Navy.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in political, economic and social geography and international law — with a strong focus on development studies — from Uppsala University in Sweden, and completed an advanced training programme in international humanitarian law at Harvard University in the United States.