Russian Alexander Ivanko appointed as a Special Representative for Sahara and MINURSO

Ivanko will succeed Colin Stewart of Canada, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and effective leadership of MINURSO.

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UN Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Russian Federation’s Alexander Ivanko as his new Special Representative for Sahara and Head of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Sahara (MINURSO).

Un Secretary-General Spokesperson, Stéphane Dujarric, stated in a press communiqué that Russian Alexander Ivanko will succeed Colin Stewart of Canada, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and effective leadership of MINURSO.

Dujarric added that “as a Head of MINURSO Staff since 2009, Mr. Ivanko will bring to the position more than 30 years of experience in international affairs, peacekeeping and journalism”.

Thus, Mr. Ivanko started his career as a journalist, whereas he worked as a reporter for on of the Russian newspaper in Afghanistan and United States.

He also occupied as a senior advisor to the Representative on Freedom of the Media of the Organization for Security and Co‑operation in Europe (1998-2005).

Mr. Ivanko has a master’s degree, with honors, in journalism from the Moscow State University, and speaks English and Russian language fluently.

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