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Timor-Leste: New SRSG Arrives in Dili

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Dili, 05 January 2010- Today Ms Ameerah Haq arrived in Dili to take up her post as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations in Timor-Leste.

Ms Haq most recently served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Sudan as well as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Sudan (2007-2009). Prior to that she served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan, as well as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Afghanistan (2004-2007).

With broad management experience of complex missions, as well as over 30 years experience with the United Nations, especially in the Asian region, Ms Haq is well placed to lead the integrated peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste. She was formerly the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery at United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) headquarters in New York. She served as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Malaysia from 1994 to 1997 and in the same capacity in Laos from 1991 to 1994.

Ms Haq worked in the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at UNDP headquarters in various capacities from 1980-1990, which included responsibilities for aid coordination mechanisms and as desk officer for Thailand, Myanmar and Bhutan. She also had an assignment with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) from 1985 to 1987. She started her career in 1976 as a Junior Professional Officer in Jakarta, Indonesia, and was transferred to Afghanistan as Assistant Resident Representative in 1978.

Ms Haq holds Masters degrees in community organization and planning and in business administration from Columbia University and New York University, respectively, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree from Western College in Oxford, Ohio.