Ban Ki-moon to appoint Ad Melkert as Special Representative for Iraq

07 Jul 2009

The Secretary-General has informed the Security Council of his intention to appointed Ad Melkert of the Netherlands as his Special Representative for Iraq. Mr. Melkert currently serves as the Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), and will replace Staffan de Mistura, who has taken up his duties at the World Food Programme (WFP).  The Secretary-General is grateful for Mr. de Mistura’s valuable leadership in a challenging security environment in Iraq.

Mr. Melkert brings to the new position a unique combination of extensive political experience, as a former Member of Parliament and Minister in The Netherlands, and economic and development expertise from his time at UNDP and the World Bank. As a result, he enters with a deep understanding of the nature of challenges and priorities that face Iraq at this phase of its transition.