Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands Appointed Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2720 (2023)

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands as Senior Humanitarian and Reconstruction Coordinator for Gaza pursuant to Security Council Resolution 2720 (2023).  In this role, she will facilitate, coordinate, monitor and verify humanitarian relief consignments to Gaza.  She will also establish a United Nations mechanism to accelerate humanitarian relief consignments to Gaza through States which are not party to the conflict.  In executing these functions, she will be supported by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS).  Ms. Kaag is expected to begin her assignment on 8 January 2024.

Ms. Kaag brings a wealth of experience in political, humanitarian and development affairs, as well as in diplomacy.  Most recently, she served as the first Deputy Prime Minister and first female Minister of Finance in the Dutch Government since January 2022.  Prior to this, she was Dutch Minister for Trade and Development Cooperation from October 2017 until May 2021, and Minister for Foreign Affairs until September 2021.  Ms. Kaag was elected party leader of the social liberal party D66 in September 2020 and she stepped down from that position in August 2023.  She led her party to victory in the elections of March 2021.

Ms. Kaag has held a wide range of senior positions in the United Nations system.  From 2015 to 2017, she was the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, and from 2013 to 2015, she was Special Coordinator of the Joint Organisation for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and the United Nations Mission in Syria.  She served as Assistant Secretary-General with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) from 2010 to 2013 and as Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Jordan from 2007 to 2010.  Prior to that, Ms. Kaag served in several senior positions with UNICEF, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).

Ms. Kaag holds a Master of Arts in Middle East studies from the University of Exeter, a Master of Philosophy in international relations from Oxford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Middle East studies from the American University in Cairo.  She speaks Dutch, German, French, English, Spanish and Arabic.


* This supersedes Press Release SG/A/1527-BIO/4668 of 1 December 2014.

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