New UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Somalia presents credentials to President

Mogadishu (4 April 2013) – The new United Nations Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC) for Somalia, Philippe Lazzarini, today presented his credentials to the President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.

“It has been a privilege to present my credentials to President Mohamud in Mogadishu today. I look forward to working with the authorities and all of our partners to help improve the lives of the Somali people,” said Lazzarini, who is the first RC/HC to be based in Somalia in nearly 20 years.

Lazzarini has held senior management positions with the United Nations, the private sector and the International Committee of the Red Cross. Prior to taking up his post as RC/HC for Somalia, he held a senior management position at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs headquarters in New York.

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