Otunbayeva will replace Canada’s Deborah Lyon as the head of the United Nations Political Mission in Afghanistan, better known as UNAMA. She will be in charge of UN humanitarian work and dealings with the country’s Taliban rulers.
Guterres said Otunbayeva has more than 35 years of professional experience in leadership, diplomacy, civic engagement and international cooperation.
He served as President in 2010–2011, as Foreign Minister on three occasions, in Parliament and as Deputy Prime Minister. She was also the ambassador of Kyrgyzstan to the US and the UK.
Currently, Otunbayeva is a member of Guterres’ High-Level Advisory Board on Arbitration and heads the Rosa Otunbayeva Initiative Foundation in Kyrgyzstan.
UN Humanitarian Affairs chief Martin Griffiths warned the Security Council on Monday that Afghanistan continues to grapple with extreme poverty, with six million people facing severe food shortages due to humanitarian, economic, climate and financial crises. “We expect these figures to worsen soon as fuel and food prices are already skyrocketing during the winter season,” he said.
AP Surbhi Amit