Minister Sigrid Kaag

Submitted by Melissa Krassenstein on Wed, 09/30/2020 - 12:06

Sigrid Kaag is the Minster for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands.

Sigrid Kaag has held a series of international positions over the course of her career, including Program Manager and Head of Donor Relations at the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Jerusalem, UN Political Affairs Section of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and senior UN adviser in Khartoum and Nairobi. She dedicated five years of her career at UNICEF, where she held various positions, including Deputy Director of the Program Division and Chief of Staff in New York, and Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa in Amman. Mrs Kaag then served as Assistant Secretary-General for the UN Development Program (UNDP) in New York. From October 2013 to September 2014 Mrs Kaag, as UN Under-Secretary-General, led the mission to eliminate chemical weapons in Syria. After this mission was completed, in 2015, she became Under Secretary-General in Lebanon with responsibility for all UN activities in the country, specifically the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701.

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Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands