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Madam Sara Beysolow Nyanti, the highest ranking Liberian in the United Nations system has been appointed UN Residence Coordinator in Nepal, with host Government’s approval. Ms. Nyanti was appointed on 6 January, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres.

She brings more than 20 years of experience in development and humanitarian work to the position, which she has acquired from assignments around the world with the United Nations and externally.

Within the Organization, she most recently served as Representative of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Yemen, where she set up programmes that provided cash assistance to nine million people, after occupying a similar position in the Gambia. She also held leadership positions across the United Nations in Jordan, Namibia, Nepal and Nigeria, working in multiple sectors and agencies on key issues such as Ebola response coordination.

Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Nyanti worked as her country’s Director of the National AIDS Control Program in the health ministry. She authored the first Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria funding for the national AIDS response of Liberia and led the development and subsequent legislation of the national AIDS policy, guidelines and law.

She holds a master’s degree in public administration and is a globally accredited Partnership Broker.

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