CAMEROON, Cameroon – Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday appointed Nicholas Haysom, a veteran South African diplomat, as head of the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan.
Haisam, who is currently the Special Adviser to the Secretary-General of South Africa, has previously served as the head of the UN political mission in Afghanistan and as special envoy to Sudan and South Sudan.
In 2018, he was appointed head of the UN mission in Somalia but was expelled by the government in January 2014 after questioning the arrest of a political candidate with a final history.
UN spokesman Stephen Dujarric has announced the appointment of Haysom to replace New Zealand’s David Shearer. He said Secretary-General Guterres was “grateful to Shearer for his exemplary leadership of the UN mission during the critical development and challenges for South Sudan.”
Ten years after South Sudan gained independence from Sudan and two years after the end of its own deadly civil war, wider fighting has subsided but clashes continue within the community and between the government and the parties that have not signed the peace agreement.
About 20,000 powerful UN peacekeeping missions will help protect and maintain peace with the civilian population of Hayesam.