New Head of the United Nations in GeorgiaOct 7, 2013
Newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative Niels Scott takes office in Tbilisi
The newly appointed UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Georgia, Mr. Niels Scott assumed today his responsibilities in the country.
Mr. Scott of the United Kingdom (UK) was appointed as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative for Georgia in September 2013. He replaces former UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Jamie McGoldrick.
“I look forward to working with the Government and the people of Georgia to support the country’s democratic development,” Mr. Scott said. “We have a wide mandate in Georgia and work in many areas of social and economic life of the country. UN agencies will continue their efforts with the authorities and civil society to deliver a wide range of assistance for the country and its citizens with the transparency and integrity that are hallmarks of our work.”
Prior to his assignment in Georgia, Mr. Scott has served as Chief of the Humanitarian Coordination Support Section for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), based in Geneva. He also served as interim Head of OCHA’s Office in Côte d'Ivoire, Chief of Disaster and Vulnerability Policy Section, based in Geneva and as interim Head of Office in Haiti (February 2010 – June 2010). Niels was Operations Coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) from 2006-2008, based in Geneva. Mr. Scott has also served with the UN Mission in Sudan as Head of their Regional Office for Darfur, as well as serving with OCHA as Head of Office, North Darfur.
Niels worked with the IFRC over a period of 12 years as: Representative for Haiti/Head of Delegation (2004); Head of Regional Delegation for West and Central Africa (2000-2003); Head of Delegation Georgia (1997-2000); Deputy Head of Regional Delegation for Central Asia (1995-1997); Programme Coordinator in Vukovar, Eastern Slavonia, Baranja and Western Syrmia (with the International Committee of the Red Cross) (1995); Relief Coordinator FYROM (1994-1995); and Logistics Officer Croatia (1993-1994). He also held several positions in the non-governmental and private sectors.