JÁN Kubiš (born in 1952) currently serves as Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He was appointed to the post in 2012.
His previous professional history includes the post of Slovakia’s minister of foreign affairs, which he held from 2006 to 2009, in the first government of prime minister Robert Fico. He left that post before the end of that government’s term, in January 2009, to take up the post of executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). He was replaced by Miroslav Lajčák.
Previously, he served as chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (2007 – 2008), and as Secretary-General of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe, OSCE (1999 – 2005).
He also served as the EU Special Representative for Central Asia with the office in Brussels and as the Personal Representative of the Chairman-in-Office of OSCE for Central Asia.
In the UN, he served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Tajikistan and Head of the United Nations Mission of Observers in Tajikistan (1998 – 1999).
In 1993 he served as Permanent Representative of Slovakia in Geneva to the United Nations Office.
During his career he has held several other jobs with international organisations.
Kubiš is a graduate in International Economic Relations of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. He speaks English, French and Russian.
Source: United Nations,
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