NEW YORK, 5th November, 2015 (WAM) — Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General, has announced the appointment of Martin Kobler of Germany as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya, UNSMIL.
Mr. Kobler will succeed Bernardino Leon of Spain, of whom the Secretary-General said that he is grateful for his dedicated service and effective leadership of UNSMIL. The leadership transition will take place in the next few days.
Kobler brings more than 30 years of senior United Nations and foreign service experience, serving since 2013 as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO. Prior to this, he was Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq, 2011-2013, and Deputy Special Representative with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, 2010-2011.
Mr. Kobler held several positions with the German Government, notably as Director-General for Culture and Communication in the Foreign Affairs Ministry and as Ambassador to Iraq and Egypt. He was also Chef de Cabinet to former Foreign Minister, Joschka Fischer, and Deputy Chef de Cabinet. He served as Deputy Head of the Foreign Ministry’s Balkan Task Force and in 1994 established the German representation to the Palestinian Authority in Jericho.