The United Nations appoints Marta Ruidas from Spain as UN Deputy Special Representative in Iraq

BAGHDAD, The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced today the appointment of Marta Ruidas from Spain as his new representative to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).

She will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Iraq.

She will succeed Liz Grande of the United States, who has worked in Iraq since December 2014. The Secretary-General expresses his gratitude for the leadership and dedicated service of Ms. Grande during her tenure.

Ruedes have more than 27 years of experience coordinating United Nations development and humanitarian work in conflict and post-conflict countries, as well as extensive experience in supporting peace building transition processes. Since 2015, Ms. Ruedes has been the Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in Sudan.

Formerly she worked as UNDP Country Director for Afghanistan, Deputy Director of the Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Deputy United Nations Special Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Lebanon.

Earlier in her career, she served as Deputy Regional Director of the UNDP Regional Office for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Resident Coordinator in Bulgaria and in Sao Tome and Principe.

She also worked with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Bolivia, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Georgia, Nepal, Mongolia and Mexico.

Ruedes holds a master’s degree in international relations from Columbia University in the United States.

Source: National Iraqi News Agency