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Britain appoints first woman as permanent secretary to UN

Karen Pierce, a British diplomat who has worked in several countries, was appointed to the post.

world Updated: Nov 27, 2017 22:36 IST
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Karen Pierce had previously served as the deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in New York.(Twitter/Karen Pierce)

Britain has appointed Karen Pierce as its new permanent secretary to the United Nations, the first woman to take on the role, the foreign ministry said on Monday.

Pierce, a British diplomat who has worked in several countries, previously served as the deputy permanent representative to the United Nations in New York and permanent representative to the organisation in Geneva.

“Through our role as a permanent member of the Security Council and position as the UN’s third largest donor, the UK will continue to work with others to tackle the pressing security, stability, development and prosperity challenges of today,” Pierce said in a statement.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson welcomed her move, saying Pierce would add to Britain’s “proud history of working for positive change through the United Nations, not least in addressing the problems in Libya and Syria”.

“I know Karen has the diplomatic skills, energy and patience to continue this vital work, and I congratulate her on her appointment,” he said in a statement.

First Published: Nov 27, 2017 22:36 IST