Secretary-General Appoints James Eugene McGoldrick of Ireland Ad Interim Deputy Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of James Eugene McGoldrick of Ireland as his new Ad Interim Deputy Special Coordinator and Resident Coordinator, Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO). Mr. McGoldrick will also serve as Humanitarian Coordinator ad interim.  He succeeds Lynn Hastings of Canada, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her dedication and service.

Mr. McGoldrick brings extensive experience in humanitarian affairs, international cooperation, economic development, and political affairs. He previously served as the Deputy Special Coordinator, Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator in UNSCO, between 2018 and 2020.

From 2015 to 2018, Mr. McGoldrick was the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Yemen.  He also worked with the International Red Cross movement and non-governmental organizations in a number of countries in Africa.

Mr. McGoldrick holds a master’s degree in political science and a bachelor’s degree in social sciences from Glasgow Caledonian University in Scotland.  He also attained qualifications in disaster management, preventive diplomacy and mediation.


* This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1786-BIO/5059 of 6 February 2018.

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