UN Chief appoints Noirin O'Sullivan as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

Nov 1, 2018 13:09 IST
UN Chief appoints Noirin O'Sullivan as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on October 31, 2018 appointed the Noirin O'Sullivan of Ireland as the Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

O’Sullivan succeeds Fadzai Gwaradzimba of Zimbabwe. She brings extensive experience in international safety and security management, strategic management and leadership.

Role of Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security

The Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security serves as a Deputy to the Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security (USG/DSS). 

The Assistant Secretary-General is responsible for the day-to-day overall management of the United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS) and supports the Under-Secretary-General in overall leadership and management.

United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)

The UNDSS was formally established in January 2005. It performs a large range of functions such as ensuring security of UN compounds, providing close protection services, investigating incidents, amd providing training on safety and security policies.

The staff of the UNDSS identifies security trends, develops security plans and ensures crisis preparedness.

Noirin O'Sullivan

O’Sullivan has over 36 years of experience in the international law enforcement and security environment.

Most recently, she held the position of Garda Commissioner of An Garda Siochana in Ireland.  She stepped down from her role as Garda Commissioner in September 2017 amid a number of controversies including fake Garda breath tests.

Prior to that, she served as the Interim Acting Commissioner of An Garda Siochana, responsible for advising the Minister of Justice and the Government of Ireland on matters pertaining to national security and policing.  

Beginning her career with An Garda Siochana in Ireland in June 1981, O’Sullivan progressed through the ranks, holding various operational and managerial positions since then.

O’Sullivan holds a Master of Business Studies (MBS) in Strategic Management and Planning from the University College Dublin and a Bachelor of Arts in Police Management by Garda College and University of Limerick. She holds an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from University of Ulster.

She was born in Ireland in 1960.

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