UNITED NATIONS: United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has named Sudanese national Amin Awad as the UN Crisis Coordinator for Ukraine.
According to reports, Guterres announced the appointment on Friday while meeting media at the UN headquarters in New York after the Security Council discussion on Ukraine ended. Awad has over 30 years of experience in the field of humanitarian affairs, strategic action, planning, and development with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), including as Director of the Bureau for the Middle East and North Africa and Director of the Division of Emergency, Security, and Supply.
According to a press release published by the UN chief's office, Awad has held a number of key positions with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), bringing with him over 30 years of expertise in humanitarian affairs, strategic action, planning, and development.
He served in the Middle East, the Commonwealth of Independent States, former Yugoslavia, South and Southwest Asia, and Africa, among other places. Awad's appointment comes as Ukraine's humanitarian needs expand in the face of rising tensions with Russia.