SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS WOLFGANG WEISBROD-WEBER OF GERMANY SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE IN WESTERN SAHARA
NEW YORK, June 18, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber of Germany as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO).
The new Special Representative of the Secretary-General succeeds Hany Abdel-Aziz of Egypt, who completed his assignment on 30 April 2012. The Secretary-General is grateful for his strong leadership and perseverance.
Mr. Weisbrod-Weber brings 28 years of experience with the United Nations and a strong background in peacekeeping direction and management, both in Headquarters and in field operations. Under challenging conditions, he has promoted political dialogue, progress in the rule of law, and post-conflict reconciliation. While serving since 2008 as the Director of the Asia and Middle East Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, he was twice assigned as Deputy Special Representative ad interim of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) in 2009 and in 2010.
Mr. Weisbrod-Weber also served, from 2006 to 2008, as Chief of Staff for the United Nations Integrated Mission in Timor-Leste (UNMIT), and as the Director of the Europe and Latin American Division of the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations from 2004-2006. Previously, he held various appointments within the Secretariat and in United Nations field operations.
Mr. Weisbrod-Weber was educated in Germany and the United Kingdom, and has a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Freie Universität Berlin.
Born in Hanau, Germany, in 1955, he is married and has three children.