For the position of Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, the Secretary-General has appointed Virginia Gamba of Argentina, who is currently Assistant Secretary-General and Head of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons-United Nations Joint Investigative Mechanism established by Security Council resolution 2235 (2015) on the use of chemicals as weapons in Syria.
Ms. Gamba brings more than 30 years of experience and professional leadership on issues relative to disarmament, peace and human security. She was previously Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs in the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (2012-2015); Deputy Director, Safety and Security, Institute for Public Safety, Ministry of Justice, Government of City, Buenos Aires (2009-2012); Expert Consultant for the European Union to assist the African Union with the Development of the Implementation Strategy for the African Common Approach to Combat Illicit Small Arms Trafficking (2007-2009); Director for South-South Interactions, SaferAfrica, South Africa (2001-2007); Deputy Director, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa (1996-2001) and Director of the Disarmament and Conflict Resolution Programme, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, Geneva (1992-1996).
The Secretary-General is grateful to the outgoing senior leaders who have served with distinction and true commitment to the ideals of the United Nations.
We will continue to make additional announcements in the coming weeks on other senior positions as the relevant selection processes are completed.
This statement by the Spokesperson of the Secretary-General was originally published here: https://www.un.org/sg/en/content/sg/personnel-appointments/2017-04-12/ms-virginia-gamba-argentina-special-representative