New UN Special Representative for Iraq, Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, pledges continued UN support for Iraq’s post-conflict recovery
TEHRAN, 18 December 2018 (UNIC) - Ms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert assumed her responsibilities on 17 December 2018 as Special Representative for Iraq of the United Nations Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), pledging continued UN support for Iraq in its post-conflict recovery.
Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert, of the Netherlands, brings over 20 years of political and diplomatic experience, having served in several high-level Government and parliamentary positions. She was Minister for Defence of the Netherlands (2012-2017). Ms. Plasschaert also served as a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands (2010-2012) and a member of the European Parliament (2004-2010). She worked for the European Commission in Brussels and in Riga, Latvia, and for the City of Amsterdam.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Gueterres appointed Ms. Hennis-Plasschaert on 31 August 2018. She succeeded Mr. Ján Kubiš who has served in the post for almost four years.