| 16 April 2024, Tuesday |

Ioana Vroneska, new UN envoy to Lebanon

Diplomatic sources said, on Monday, that the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, has chosen a new envoy of the United Nations to Lebanon.

The sources pointed out that Guterres chose Poland’s ambassador to the United Nations, Ioana Vroneska (63 years), to take over the position of the UN Special Coordinator in Lebanon, succeeding Jan Kubi

A diplomat told AFP that Guterres “informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Ioana Fronisca as the United Nations Special Coordinator in Lebanon, and the Security Council approved this option.”

Other diplomats confirmed this information, and indicated that members of the Security Council did not object to this appointment, and they gave the Secretary-General their approval for it at the end of last week.

The diplomats added that the official announcement of the appointment of the Polish diplomat to her new position will take place soon.

Francesca, born on March 30, 1958, will succeed Jan Kubi, a Slovak, who recently assumed his new duties as the United Nations envoy to Libya.

Polish diplomat is fluent in Arabic, French and English. She has studied in Algeria, Egypt and France.

During her career, she held many positions, as she was her country’s ambassador to Egypt (1999-2003) and Morocco, where she was also responsible for Mauritania and Senegal (2005-2010). She was also the Ambassador of the European Union to Jordan (2011 to 2015).

Since 2017, Froniska moved to New York, where she held the position of Permanent Representative of Poland to the United Nations.

During her assumption of this mission, the United Nations General Assembly specifically mandated her to re-launch intergovernmental negotiations to reform the UN Security Council with the aim of expanding it to include new members to better represent today’s world.