Special Representative of the Secretary General of the United Nations for Afghanistan
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ján Kubiš of Slovakia as his new Special Representative for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) on 23 November 2011. Prior to taking up his current position in Kabul on 17 January 2012, Mr. Kubiš served as the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). Mr. Kubiš has more than three decades of experience in diplomacy, foreign security policy and international economic relations. Mr. Kubiš served as his country’s foreign minister from 2006 to 2009, and has also held the posts of chairman of the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers and as the Secretary-General of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. Kubiš previously served with the United Nations in the late 1990s as the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Tajikistan and head of the UN mission of observers in that Central Asian country. A graduate of the Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Mr. Kubiš worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the former Czechoslovakia from 1976 to 1992, and then in 1993 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia. Mr. Kubiš is fluent in Slovak, English, Russian, Czech and French. Mr. Kubiš, who is married and has one daughter, was born in Bratislava in 1952.