French Nathalie Fustier appointed as UN Resident Coordinator in Morocco

The Secretary General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has just appointed this Thursday, December 1, the French Nathalie Fustier, as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Morocco, thus taking up her duties the same day.

According to the press release issued Thursday by the United Nations press service announcing the appointment of the new UN Resident Coordinator in Morocco, Nathalie Fustier is a diplomat whobrings to this position over 20 years of experience in international relations and negotiations and in the management of political, humanitarian and development affairs”.

The same source says that in her recent assignments, Fustier held the position of United Nations Resident Coordinator in Saudi Arabia, where she led and coordinated the work of 23 UN agencies, funds and programs.

Prior to this position, she worked for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in various capacities, including as Head of Office in Lebanon, Senior Humanitarian Affairs Specialist for the Middle East in New York and Head of OCHA Office in Gaziantep, Türkiye”, reads the press release.

The French diplomat and mother to one son worked for eight years in the private sector, advising international companies in the Gulf and Middle East countries on various issues (risk analysis, design of negotiation strategies, due diligence , fundraising and intercultural training) before joining OCHA. At the same time, she chaired, on a voluntary basis, the Women’s Foundation for the Mediterranean.

The press service of the United Nations, in order to better publicize the background and skills of the new Coordinator, specified in its press release that Nathalie Fustier, holder of a master’s degree in political science from the Institute of Political Studies (Aix-en-Provence, France) and a master’s degree in international negotiation from the University of Aix-Marseille (France),has been working on Middle East issues for thirty years. She was Counselor for cooperation and cultural action at the French Embassy in Doha. She has also served as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Oil-for-Food Program and the Department of Political Affairs in New York. In 2003, she worked for the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Baghdad, Iraq“, adding that ” for eight years, she supervised, from Paris, the activities of the Office of the Strategic Affairs Delegation for the Middle East and North Africa“.

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