The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) is a political mission established by the 2003 UN Security Council Resolution 1500 at the request of the Government of Iraq. It has been on the ground ever since, with its role greatly expanded in 2007 with the passage of Resolution 1770.
UNAMI is mandated to advise and assist the Government and people of Iraq on a number of fronts. This includes advancing inclusive, political dialogue and national reconciliation, assisting in the electoral process and in the planning for a national census, facilitating regional dialogue between Iraq and its neighbours, and promoting the protection of human rights and judicial and legal reform. More about UNAMI’s mandate.
The mandate also tasks UNAMI with working with government partners and civil society to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of the UN agencies, funds and programmes, under the leadership of the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for development and humanitarian support who is also the Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq. While UNAMI itself does not implement or deliver humanitarian and development programmes, it recognizes the critical importance of supporting the partnership and technical cooperation between the Government of Iraq and the 20 UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in the country.
UNAMI is headed by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq who is supported by two deputies SRSG. One Deputy SRSG oversees the political and human rights affairs, while the other Deputy SRSG oversees the UN humanitarian and development efforts and performs the functions of Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq.
New York, 2 August 2013 - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Mr. Nickolay Mladenov of Bulgaria as his Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI).
Mr. Mladenov will replace Mr. Martin Kobler of Germany to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedicated service and excellent leadership of UNAMI.
Mr. Mladenov brings to his new position extensive experience from a distinguished career in public service. As Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria from February 2010 to March 2013, he led his country’s diplomatic engagement with a large number of partners, including in the Middle East. He served as Minister of Defence of Bulgaria (July 2009-January 2010) and as a Member of the European Parliament, including its Foreign Affairs Committee and the Delegation for Iraq (May 2007-June 2009). He was also a Member of the Parliament of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005.
Mr. Mladenov has held several positions in the inter-governmental and non-governmental sectors, including at the World Bank, the National Democratic Institute and the International Republic Institute.
Mr. Mladenov earned a Master of Arts in War Studies at the King’s College of London, and a Master’s and Bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of National and World Economy of Sofia, in Bulgaria.
Born in Bulgaria in 1972, Mr. Mladenov is married with one child.
Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political, Electoral & Constitutional Affairs: Mr. György Busztin
Mr. György Busztin of Hungary was officially appointed as Deputy Special Representative for Iraq for Political, Electoral & Constitutional Affairs on 9 December 2011.
Mr. Busztin, who will head the political, electoral and constitutional support component of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), replaces Jerzy Skuratowicz of Poland, who has served in Iraq for the past two years.
Bringing a wealth of diplomatic experience to the position, Mr. Busztin recently returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Budapest after serving as Hungary’s Ambassador to Iran, and was previously Ambassador to Indonesia. He has also served in various capacities in Afghanistan, subsequent to his service in Libya and Egypt.
Mr. Busztin earned a degree in Arabic History from Damascus University in Syria, and a PhD in Arabic language and Semitic philology from Lorand Eotvos University in Budapest. In addition to his native Hungarian, he speaks English, French, Arabic, Farsi/Dari (Persian), Malay (Indonesian), and Russian.
Born in 1955, he is married and has two sons.