from DANAI MWARUMBWA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – SIERRA Leone envoy, Edward Kallon, is the new United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator for Zimbabwe.
UN Secretary-General, António Guterres, made the appointment that the government in the Southern African country has approved.
Kallon will resume his duties on Thursday (January 6).
He has devoted more than 30 years of his career to public service, working both at the UN and externally.
The envoy has worked in some complex emergency, transition and development context in conflict and non-conflict settings across lower- and middle-income countries.
He most recently served as the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, following an assignment as Resident Coordinator in Jordan.
Kallon has also held senior positions with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Somalia and Uganda after starting his UN career as a volunteer assigned to WFP in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining the United Nations, Mr. Kallon worked in his home country as a socio-economist as well as community development income generation project coordinator.
In Zimbabwe, he takes over from Alex Gasasira, who had been UN Resident Coordinator ad-interim since October 2021 following the end of Maria Ribeiro’s assignment.
UN has operated in Zimbabwe since 1980 at the invitation of the government at independence.
– CAJ News