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UN appoints new humanitarian coordinator for South Sudan

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By Julius N. Uma

July 26, 2012 (JUBA) - The United Nations Secretary-General on Thursday announced the appointment of Toby Lanzer, British national, as the new Deputy Special Representative in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS).

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Toby Lanzer (left), addresses reporters when he was UN Humanitarian Coordinator to the Central African Republic on 28 February 2008 (Photo : UN)

Lanzer, who replaces Lise Grande, will also double as the UN Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator, and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Fund (UNDP).

Ban Ki-Moon said in a statement that he was grateful for Grande, an American national, for her dedicated service in Juba, the South Sudan capital.

Lanzer, prior to his current assignment, reportedly served as Deputy Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS), and UNDP Resident Representative in the Central African Republic (CAR).

He has also served as the Chief of the Consolidated Appeals Process (CAP) based at the United Nations Office at Geneva, and as Head of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in the Russian Federation.

His appointment, further says the statement, brings to the position
“varied experience” in development, humanitarian affairs, and peacekeeping, since Lanzer first joined UNDP two decade back.

The appointment of the new humanitarian chief comes at a time when the world’s newest nation is facing several humanitarian challenges, which recently forced the United Nations (UN) to revise this year’s funding appeal for South Sudan, initially at US$763million, to nearly US$1.2billion.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), also said its efforts to assist
thousands of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan were at breaking point, citing logistical challenges. An estimated 200,000 Sudanese, it says, have fled fighting in Sudan’s South Kordofan and Blue Nile States into neighbouring South Sudan and Ethiopia.

Born in 1965, Lanzer holds a post graduate certificate in Forced Migration from the University of Oxford, a Masters of International Affairs with a specialization in Economic and Political Development from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of New Hampshire.

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  • 27 July 2012 09:20, by Tutbol

    Stop this humantarian nonesense, The UK must get out her skin and acknowleges their cosy relationship with the arabian kingdoms and their neo- pashas, the Khortoun. the appointing the likes of this guy, Lanzer or Tony Blair as means to derail south sudanese aspirations is not acceptable. South sudanese, open your eyes. we have monsters who want to swallow us alive at any price!

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    • 27 July 2012 10:21, by Loko El Pollo

      WHY REPLACED LISA GRANDE,SHE WAS CARING AND DONE A GREAT JOB.NOW WE GONNA BE DEALING WITH THIS TOBBING WHOM WE NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE?HE BETTER BE JUDICIOUS OR HIS FEATHERS WILL BE PLUCK OFF.

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      • 27 July 2012 13:12, by Observer

        Did it ever occur to you that Lisa Grande may have resigned or been promoted? What do you mean by being judicious?
        I don;t think it is a rule that the UN has to appoint someone that you have heard of before they do it.!!!

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    • 27 July 2012 13:09, by Observer

      Why don;t you go back and read the article. This has nothing to do with the UK. It is a UN appointment and this is a UN appointment - not a UK appointment

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      • 28 July 2012 01:32, by Loko El Pollo

        OBSERVER,COOL DOWN DUDE,YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN LIKE THIS BEFORE?ANYWAY JUDICIOUS,MEANS SAGACIUS,CARFUL OR PRUDENT.WE WANT HIM TO BE FAIR,NOT THE TYPH COME AND FALL FOR KHARTOUM’S MONEY AND START CASTING BLAME ON THE SOUTH.

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