Thursday, May 10, 2018

SECRETARY-GENERAL STATEMENTS AND MESSAGES

SG/SM/19023
8 MAY 2018

Secretary-General Applauds Lebanon's Parliamentary Elections as 'Vital Step' in Strengthening State Institutions, Urges Unity among Political Leaders.

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres:

The Secretary-General congratulates Lebanon on the holding of parliamentary elections on 6 May, the first since 2009.  The elections represent a vital step in strengthening Lebanon's State institutions and consolidating its democratic tradition.

The Secretary-General looks forward to the formation of the new Government.  He calls on Lebanon's political leaders to work in a spirit of unity and with a view to furthering the ambitious agenda set out by Lebanon and its international partners.

The United Nations continues to support Lebanon and its sovereignty, stability, and political independence in accordance with the Taif Accord and relevant Security Council resolutions.

Sunday, April 08, 2018

Security Council Press Statement on Rome Conference

SC/13267
27 MARCH 2018
SECURITY COUNCIL


The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Karel Jan Gustaaf van Oosterom (Netherlands):

The members of the Security Council commended the convening in Rome on 15 March of a ministerial meeting in support of Lebanon's Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces, under the auspices of the International Support Group for Lebanon and under the chairmanship of the United Nations and Italy.  They welcomed the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their commitment to the stability, security, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon, in accordance with Security Council resolutions and expressed their support to the ongoing efforts of the Lebanese authorities to prepare the holding of legislative elections of 6 May in accordance with international standards.

The members of the Security Council recalled the statements of the International Support Group on 8 December 2017, and of the Security Council on 19 December 2017, commending the role of the Lebanese Armed Forces and of all State security institutions in protecting the country, its borders and its population, and recalling that the Lebanese Armed Forces are the only legitimate armed forces of Lebanon, as enshrined in the Lebanese Constitution and Taif Agreement.  They saluted the role of the Lebanese Armed Forces in successfully containing and ultimately defeating the territorial ambitions of Da'esh, Al-Nusrah and other United Nations designated terrorist groups in Lebanon.  They commended the role of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces amongst the legitimate security institutions of the Lebanese State.

The members of the Security Council recalled relevant provisions of Security Council resolutions 1559 (2004), 1680 (2006), 1701 (2006) and 2373 (2017), including provisions that there be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese State, no foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its Government and no sale or supply of arms related materiel to Lebanon except as authorized by its Government.

The members of the Security Council called on all Lebanese parties to resume discussions towards a consensus on a national defence strategy and welcomed the 12 March statement of the President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Aoun, in this regard.

The members of the Security Council urged all Lebanese parties to implement and further expand without delay a tangible policy of disassociation as a matter of priority, to shield Lebanon from regional conflicts and to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other states, as spelled out in previous declarations, in particular the 2012 Baabda Declaration.

The members of the Security Council commended the role of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in maintaining calm along the Blue Line and its cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces with the aim of extending the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory.  The members of the Security Council recalled the proactive steps that UNIFIL has taken to operationalize resolution 2373 (2017) and encouraged UNIFIL to continue to enhance its efforts in this regard.

Within the framework of Security Council resolutions 1701 (2006) and 2373 (2017), the members of the Security Council welcomed Lebanon's concept for a new model regiment proposed in the context of the ongoing strategic dialogue between the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL, and called on them to step up their coordinated actions in UNIFIL's area of operations.  The members of the Security Council noted the recent redeployment of additional Lebanese Armed Forces personnel to the area south of the Litani River, and called on the Government of Lebanon to accelerate effective and durable deployments to the south.

The members of the Security Council appreciated the continuing strength of commitment of the international community in supporting Lebanon's political, social and economic stability, security and sovereignty.

The members of the Security Council appreciated the importance of past contributions, welcomed the substantial contributions offered by Lebanon's partners during the Rome meeting and acknowledged the need to mobilize new support to ensure continued support to Lebanon in addressing the economic, security and humanitarian challenges facing the country.  In this regard, they took note of the holding of the Paris Conference for Development and Reform with Businesses meeting of 6 April in support of the Lebanese reforms and investment plans and of the Brussels meeting of 25 April to support host communities and refugees in Lebanon.

Sunday, March 18, 2018

JOINT STATEMENT OF THE MINISTERIAL MEETING IN SUPPORT OF LEBANON’S ARMED FORCES AND INTERNAL SECURITY FORCES

Ministerial Meeting in support of Lebanon's Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces

(Rome, 15 March 2018)

JOINT STATEMENT

1.         A Ministerial Meeting in support of Lebanon's Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces was held in Rome on 15 March 2018 under the auspices of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG) and under the chairmanship of the United Nations and Italy.

2.         Participants expressed their appreciation to Italy's Foreign Minister Alfano for convening the meeting that was opened by Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad Hariri. 40 countries and organizations, including the European Union and the League of Arab States, took part in the event.

3.         Participants expressed their commitment to the stability, security and sovereignty of Lebanon and their support to the ongoing efforts of the Lebanese authorities to prepare the holding of legislative elections of 6 May 2018 in accordance with international standards. They recalled the need to protect Lebanon from the crises that are destabilizing the Middle East and called upon regional States and organizations to work for the political, social, economic, and financial stability and security of Lebanon, in full respect of its sovereignty and integrity.

4.         Participants welcomed Prime Minister Hariri, and thanked the Government of Lebanon for its concerted efforts to develop long-term plans for strengthening the security, stability and sovereignty of Lebanon and the authority of the Lebanese state. They recalled the statements of the International Support Group on 8 December 2017, and of the Security Council on 19 December 2017, commending the role of the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) and of all state security institutions in protecting the country, its borders and its population, and recalling that the LAF are the only legitimate armed forces of Lebanon, as enshrined in the Lebanese constitution and Taif Agreement. Participants commended the role of Lebanon's Internal Security Forces (ISF) amongst the legitimate security institutions of the Lebanese state.

5.         Participants recalled relevant provisions of the Taif Accords and of Security Council resolutions 1559 (2004), 1680 (2006) and 1701 (2006) including provisions that there be no weapons or authority in Lebanon other than that of the Lebanese state, no foreign forces in Lebanon without the consent of its government, and no sale or supply of arms related materiel to Lebanon except as authorised by its government. Participants reiterated the need for full respect and implementation of Security Council Resolutions. They called on all Lebanese parties to resume discussions towards a consensus on a National Defence Strategy and welcomed the 12 March 2018 statement of the President of the Lebanese Republic Michel Aoun in this regard.

6.         Participants welcomed the statement by Lebanon's Prime Minister at today's meeting reaffirming his Government's commitment to the policy of disassociation, as a matter of collective responsibility of all parties, to shield Lebanon from regional conflicts and to refrain from interfering in the internal affairs of other states. Consistent with recent statements by the ISG and the Security Council, Participants urged Lebanon's leaders to implement and further expand without delay a tangible policy of disassociation as a matter of priority, as spelled out in previous declarations, in particular the 2012 Baabda Declaration.

7.         Participants commended the success of the LAF, the ISF and other security institutions in meeting the increasingly complex requirements for maintaining the security and stability of Lebanon since the Rome Ministerial Conference of June 2014. They saluted the role of the LAF in successfully containing and ultimately defeating Daesh, Al Nusra and other UN designated terrorist groups, and consolidating state authority along Lebanon's Northern and Eastern border, and its efforts to build its naval and air force capacities. They commended the ISF, the LAF and other state security institutions for their effectiveness in protecting civilians from terrorist activities inside of Lebanon by actively coordinating to prevent terrorist attacks and disrupt the formation of terrorist cells and capacities. Participants praised the courage and determination of military and security personnel involved in these efforts, noting the sacrifices of the 22 personnel who lost their lives in operations in the Eastern region, and of their families. They noted the humanitarian efforts of the LAF to clear affected areas of landmines and unexploded ordinance so as to safeguard local communities and enable social and economic development.

8.         Participants welcomed the updated Capability Development Plan (CDP) of the Lebanese Armed Forces, and the Strategic Plan (SP) of the Internal Security Forces, which provide a five-year framework for strengthening security and consolidating the authority of the state. Participants endorsed the Lebanese Government's vision of the LAF as the sole defender of the Lebanese state and protector of its borders, and of the ISF as a key instrument in building the monopoly of the use of Force by the Lebanese state. They welcomed Lebanon's own budgetary contributions towards both plans and appreciated the plans' commitment to clarity and transparency, their focus on a transformative reform agenda, their emphasis on cost-effectiveness, trust-building and community relations, and pledges to increase the participation of women in all levels of decision-making in accordance with Security Council Resolution 1325 (2000) on Women, Peace and Security. Participants encouraged the LAF and the ISF to continue to develop and implement codes of conduct as important steps towards increased respect for human rights and accountability.

9.         Participants noted the recent redeployment of additional LAF personnel to the area south of the Litani river, and called on the Government of Lebanon to accelerate effective and durable deployments to the South. They commended the role of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in cooperating with the LAF with the aim of extending and consolidating the presence of the Lebanese state across the whole of its national territory and waters. Within the framework of Security Council resolutions 1701 (2006) and 2373 (2017), Participants welcomed Lebanon's concept for a new Model Regiment proposed in the context of the ongoing Strategic Dialogue between the LAF and UNIFIL, and called on them to step up their coordinated actions in UNIFIL's area of operations. Participants also noted positively Lebanon's proposal to strengthen the capacity of the Lebanese Navy. Participants noted ongoing efforts to fully implement Security Council resolution 2373 (2017).

10.       Participants appreciated the need to accelerate and expand their assistance to the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces in the coming five-year period and encouraged a coordinated follow-up led by Lebanon. They appreciated the continuing strength of commitment of the international community in supporting Lebanon's security, stability and sovereignty. Participants acknowledged the importance of past contributions and the need to mobilize new support, including critical support from the region, for the plans presented in Rome by the Lebanese government. In this vein, they welcomed substantial contributions offered by Lebanon's partners during the meeting.

11.       Participants expressed the conviction that a strong and sustained security environment in Lebanon will contribute to build the confidence necessary for increased economic investment and long-term development, and advance Lebanon towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. In this regard they took note of the holding of the Paris CEDRE meeting of 6 April 2018 in support of the Lebanese reforms and investment plans and of the Brussels meeting of 25 April 2018 to support host communities and refugees in Lebanon. 


Friday, March 16, 2018

Calling Lebanon Pillar of Regional Stability, Secretary-General Urges Support Group to Show Solidarity, Provide Resources, amid Refugee Influx

SG/SM/18936-REF/1256
15 MARCH 2018

Following are UN Secretary‑General António Guterres' remarks at the ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, in Rome today:

Thank you for coming together in support of the people and institutions of Lebanon.  Allow me to begin by recalling my close ties with Lebanon and the circumstances surrounding the establishment of this International Support Group.  The need for such a partnership emerged during my years as High Commissioner for Refugees.

As the dramatic impacts of the Syrian conflict spread well beyond its borders, I saw first‑hand the outstanding hospitality the Lebanese people extended to Syrians fleeing violence and destruction.

Lebanon has faced an enormous influx of refugees, bringing the total in the country to almost one third of the country's population.  As one can imagine, this has an enormous impact on the country's economy and society, not to mention the dramatic security challenges owing to the Syrian crisis next door.

Yet Lebanon has displayed admirable solidarity — in contrast to others whose doors have tended to be closed to those in need.  It is now absolutely essential for the international community to show the same solidarity, a strong solidarity with Lebanon.  Lebanon is a fundamental pillar of stability in the region.  This status is the product of tremendous hard work on the part of leaders and citizens alike.

The country has known many tribulations over the years.  Yet the Lebanese people have showed great fortitude even when it emerged from a devastating civil war.  And they have demonstrated deep‑seated commitment to preserving the country's diversity and pursuing democracy and human rights.

At a time of upheaval across the region, Lebanon cannot afford to be drawn into conflict with its neighbours.  Preserving the stability and unity of Lebanon is essential for Lebanon, the region and the world.  We are here together today to act on that understanding.

For almost five years, this Support Group has played a vital role.  Prime Minister [Paolo] Gentiloni [Silveri], I want to acknowledge your leadership in supporting the Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces of Lebanon.  Italy is a long‑standing contributor to the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and a friend of the Lebanese people.

I would also like to acknowledge the collective efforts by the leadership of Lebanon, represented here by Prime Minister [Saad] Hariri, to ensure the continued functioning of Lebanon's State institutions.  I am informed that preparations for parliamentary elections on May 6 are on track.  This is a testament to Lebanon's resilience and commitment to democracy.  To maintain that stability, and to ensure further progress, Lebanon must take tangible steps forward and the international community must continue to be unified in support.

The strengthening of Lebanon's institutions and the extension of State authority throughout its territory are of crucial importance.  Lebanon's security institutions have made important gains.  In clearing militants from border areas, they have improved security on the eastern border, regained control of territory and consolidated their deployment.  These achievements would not have been possible without the generous support of the United States, the United Kingdom and a growing number of partners.

Last December in Paris, this Support Group underscored that the Lebanese Armed Forces are the only legitimate armed force in Lebanon.  The Group called on all Lebanese parties to resume discussions towards a consensus on a national defence strategy that I see is moving forward, and to take tangible steps towards disassociation from and non‑interference in external conflicts.  And it called on the international community to step up its support to State security institutions.

I am pleased to note the positive steps taken since then, including the respective statements of President [Michel] Aoun and Prime Minister Hariri asserting the primacy of the Lebanese Armed Forces, and calling for adherence to the policy of disassociation.

I welcome the strengthened deployment of the Lebanese Armed Forces south of the Litani River.  I also welcome plans to accelerate further deployment through the establishment of a model regiment in UNIFIL's area of operations to advance the implementation of resolution 1701 (2006), in line with Security Council resolution 2373 (2017) and in the context of the strategic dialogue between the Lebanese Armed Forces and UNIFIL.

These, together with the consolidated deployment along the eastern border, have been important advances.  Such extension of State authority, through the gradual assumption by the Lebanese Armed Forces of effective and sustainable control of the UNIFIL area of operations and Lebanese territorial waters, is a key element towards achieving the fundamental objectives of Security Council resolution 1701 (2006).

To this end, well‑equipped, well‑trained and well‑resourced Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces are a prerequisite.  I therefore welcome the updated capabilities development plan presented by the Lebanese Armed Forces, and the first strategic plan for the Internal Security Forces.  They provide a vision and show that Lebanon is headed in the right direction.

I also commend the commitment of the Lebanese Armed Forces and Internal Security Forces to increase the participation of women at all decision‑making levels, in line with Security Council resolution 1325 (2000).

I encourage the Government and its security institutions to continue to develop and implement codes of conduct as important measures towards increased respect for human rights and accountability.  Concrete steps towards the establishment of the National Human Rights Commission just announced will be crucial in consolidating the confidence of international partners.

This conference is part of a broader agenda, as Prime Minister Hariri just mentioned, with meetings in Paris and Brussels to follow, which includes a meeting next month in Paris on economic investment and reform.  Much depends on the ability of Lebanese authorities to seize this moment and to uphold their responsibilities.

Stability requires a transparent, accountable and democratic State, rooted in the rule of law and strong and functional institutions.  International and regional partners must also do their part.  Countries in the region should work to avoid any steps that could lead to misunderstandings, confrontation or escalation.  It will be equally important to keep the international consensus in support of Lebanon together, and to provide the necessary resources.  Let us all remain strongly and visibly committed to stability in Lebanon — for the sake of the Lebanese people and for the wider peace that is so essential at this time.


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Security Council Press Statement on Situation in Lebanon (19 December 2017)

Published on 19 Dec 2017 
SC/13130

The following Security Council press statement was issued today by Council President Koro Bessho (Japan):

The members of the Security Council welcomed Prime Minister Saad Hariri's return to Lebanon and his decision to continue his term. In that context, they commended the convening in Paris on 8 December 2017 of a ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon, chaired by the United Nations and France and attended by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, and the joint statement issued at the end of the meeting. They also welcomed previous efforts which contributed to the resumption of the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2017.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their strong support for the stability, security, territorial integrity, sovereignty and political independence of Lebanon, in accordance with Security Council resolutions 1701 (2006), 1680 (2006) and 1559 (2004), as well as other relevant Security Council resolutions and statements of the President of the Security Council on the situation in Lebanon.

The members of the Security Council recalled the need to protect Lebanon from the crises that are destabilizing the Middle East. In this regard, the members of the Security Council called upon all regional States and organizations to work for the political, social, economic and financial stability and security of Lebanon, in full respect of its sovereignty and integrity.

The members of the Security Council called upon all Lebanese parties to implement a tangible policy of disassociation from any external conflicts, as an important priority, as spelled out in previous declarations, in particular the 2012 Baabda Declaration.

The members of the Security Council reaffirmed their support for the ongoing efforts of the Lebanese authorities to restore normal functioning of institutions and prepare for the holding of legislative elections by May 2018. They also called upon the Government of Lebanon to further accelerate its programme of reforms in order to ensure political and economic stability built on a functional, transparent and democratic State, with full participation of both women and men.

The members of the Security Council reiterated the need for full implementation of all relevant Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 1559 (2004), 1701 (2006) and 2373 (2017). They commended the role of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in maintaining calm along the Blue Line and its cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces with the aim of extending the control of the Government of Lebanon over all Lebanese territory. The members of the Security Council recalled the proactive steps that UNIFIL has taken to operationalize resolution 2373 (2017) and encouraged UNIFIL to continue these efforts.

Given the security challenges faced by Lebanon, particularly the terrorist threat, the members of the Security Council commended the role played by the Lebanese Armed Forces and by all security institutions of the State in protecting the country, its borders and its population. They recalled the importance of implementing previous commitments which require that there will be no weapons other than those of the Lebanese State and called on all Lebanese parties to resume discussions towards a consensus on a National Defence Strategy. They recalled that the Lebanese Armed Forces are the only legitimate armed forces of Lebanon, as enshrined in the Lebanese Constitution and in the Taif Agreement.

The members of the Security Council commended the generous and long-standing efforts made by the Lebanese people and the Lebanese authorities to host Syrian refugees. They recalled that any returns of refugees, when conditions allow, must be in full compliance with international law, including international refugee law, and with respect for humanitarian principles, and the principle of non‑refoulement.

The members of the Security Council encouraged the international community to continue and increase its support to Lebanon's political, social and economic stability, including through the appropriate provision of assistance for Lebanese host communities and refugees in Lebanon.

They took note of the agenda set out in the International Support Group for Lebanon Final Declaration in support of Lebanon.

The members of the Security Council urged the International Support Group for Lebanon to continue its work, in coordination with the office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon, to seek opportunities to help address the challenges to Lebanon's security and stability.


Friday, December 08, 2017

Ministerial meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon

Paris, 8 December 2017

– Joint Statement –

A meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon (ISG), chaired by the United Nations and France and attended by the Prime Minister of Lebanon, was held in Paris on 8 December. China, Egypt, Germany, Italy, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, the European Union, the League of Arab States, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the United Nations Development Programme, the Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon and the World Bank also took part in the meeting.

The participants reaffirm their commitment to the stability, security and sovereignty of Lebanon and their support for the ongoing efforts of the Lebanese authorities to restore normal functioning of institutions and prepare the holding of legislative elections by May 2018 and in accordance with international standards. The Group recalls the need to protect Lebanon from the crises that are destabilizing the Middle East and calls upon all regional States and organisations to work for the political, social, economic, and financial stability and security of Lebanon, in full respect of its sovereignty and integrity.

The Group expresses satisfaction for the return to Beirut of Prime Minister Saad Hariri, a key partner for safeguarding the unity and the stability of Lebanon. It welcomes his decision, made in agreement with the President of the Lebanese Republic, Michel Aoun, to continue his term at the head of the Government. The Group notes the resumption of the Council of Ministers on 5 December 2017 and its decision on disassociation from any regional conflicts and wars and from internal affairs of Arab countries. It will pay close attention to the implementation of the Council's decision by all Lebanese parties in the spirit of national concord and compromise. In particular, it calls upon all Lebanese parties to implement this tangible policy of disassociation from and non interference in external conflicts, as an important priority, as spelled out in previous declarations, in particular the 2012 Baabda Declaration.

The Group reiterates the need for full implementation and full respect of all UN Security Council resolutions, including resolutions 1559 (2004) and 1701 (2006). It commends the role of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) in maintaining calm along the Blue Line and its cooperation with the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF) with the aim of extending and consolidating the authority of the Lebanese State across the whole of the national territory. It expresses its deep concern at all violations in connection with resolution 1701 (2006) in particular the incidents detailed in the reports of the Secretary General to the Council on the implementation of resolution 1701. It calls upon the LAF and UNIFIL to step up their cooperation, with the goal of speeding up the effective and durable deployment of the LAF in southern Lebanon and the territorial waters of Lebanon, in accordance with resolution 2373 (2017), and encourages the LAF to continue the initial steps it has taken in this regard.

Given the security challenges faced by Lebanon, particularly the terrorist threat, and recalling the importance of implementing the previous commitments that require there will be no weapons other than that of the Lebanese State, the Group calls on all Lebanese parties to resume discussions towards a consensus on a National Defense Strategy and welcomes the President of the Lebanese Republic's statement in this regard. The Group commends the role played by the LAF and by all State security institutions in protecting the country, its borders and its population. It recalls that the LAF are the only legitimate armed forces of Lebanon, as enshrined in the Lebanese constitution and in the Taif agreement. The Group calls upon the international community to continue, coordinate and step up its support to these institutions, which are crucial to cement Lebanon's sovereignty and unity. In this context and in order to support Lebanese efforts in this endeavour, the Group welcomes the holding of the "Rome II" meeting to be hosted by Italy.

The Group commends the generous efforts made by the Lebanese people and the Lebanese authorities to host Syrian refugees. It recalls the importance, when conditions allow, of a safe, dignified and non-coercive UN-facilitated return of refugees, in accordance with international law and humanitarian principles, including the principle of non-refoulement. It calls upon the international community to increase its support for Lebanese host communities and refugees in Lebanon, and looks forward, to this end, to the holding of the "Supporting the future of Syria and the region" Conference, at the invitation of the European Union.

The Group calls upon the government of Lebanon, and in liaison with all Lebanese institutions and parties, to further accelerate its programme of reforms in order to enable all Lebanon's institutions, economic players and citizens to ensure political and economic stability built on a functional, transparent and democratic State. In the light of the difficulties faced by the Lebanese economy, and in particular the economic consequences of the Syrian crisis, the Group calls upon private sector players and all regional and international actors to support Lebanon. It welcomes the holding of an international investors conference in support of the Lebanese Government's reforms and investment plan aimed at jumpstarting growth, creating job opportunities and renovating infrastructures. It calls upon private and public players to contribute to these efforts. The group commends the important role played by the Lebanese Central Bank in maintaining financial stability in the country.

The Group welcomes the prospect of future meetings with different configurations and levels as needed, and reaffirms its commitment to support all efforts to overcome pressing challenges.


Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UN SECRETARY GENERAL APPOINTS PERNILLE DAHLER KARDEL OF DENMARK AS ACTING SPECIAL COORDINATOR FOR LEBANON

Wed 22 Nov 2017
NNA - United Nations Secretary- General Antonio Guterres today announced the appointment of Pernille Dahler Kardel of Denmark as Acting United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL). 
Ms. Kardel succeeds Sigrid Kaag of the Netherlands, who concluded her assignment on 26 October 2017. The Secretary-General is thankful for Ms. Kaag's dedication and leadership of UNSCOL. 
Ms. Kardel brings 25 years of experience in diplomacy, political affairs, international cooperation and economic development, spanning several continents. 
Most recently, Ms. Kardel served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) since 2016. 
She was previously the Ambassador of Denmark to Egypt (2012-2016) and served as Ambassador to Ethiopia as well as to Sudan, South Sudan, Djibouti (2007-2012), as well as Permanent Representative to the African Union, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). 
She has held several positions with Denmark's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ranging from Counsellor with the Permanent Mission to the United Nations to Deputy Head of Mission in Moscow, Russian Federation, and Second Secretary in New Delhi, India. She also served as the Head of the Asia Department in the Ministry. 
Ms. Kardel holds two master degrees, one in international public policy from Johns Hopkins University in the United States, and one in interdisciplinary planning from Roskilde University in Denmark.