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Izumi Nakamitsu appointed head of UN nuclear disarmament department

March 30, 2017

Nakamitsu appointed UN head of disarmament


UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed Izumi Nakamitsu of Japan as the next Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs.

Nakamitsu is the first Japanese woman to take up an under-secretary-general post at UN headquarters in New York.

Nakamitsu was born in 1963. She has been engaged in refugee aid activities at the United Nations and planning of peacekeeping operations. Since 2014, she has been Assistant Administrator for Crisis Response at the UN Development Programme.

In her latest appointment, she will command the UN disarmament department under the secretary-general.

UN spokesman Farhan Haq told a news conference on Wednesday that Nakamitsu is a very dedicated, professional member of the United Nations.

Haq said she has expertise in development, migration, disarmament and other affairs, and is qualified for the post.

Observers say Nakamitsu will face challenges at a time when nuclear powers and non-nuclear nations are at odds over drawing up a legally binding ban on nuclear weapons. Japan announced that it would not take part in the negotiations on such a treaty.

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