Unaisi Vuniwaqa appointed Under-Secretary General for Safety and Security

[Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa. photo: Melanesian Women Today]

Unaisi Lutu Vuniwaqa of Fiji has been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres as Assistant Secretary-General for Safety and Security.

Vuniwaqa succeeds Nóirín O’Sullivan of Ireland.

As Deputy Under-Secretary-General for Safety and Security, Vuniwaqa will be responsible for day-to-day management, supporting the overall direction and management of the Department.

Vuniwaqa has over 35 years of law enforcement experience at the national and international levels, and most recently served as Commissioner of Police and Head of the United Nations Police Component within the United Nations Mission in South Sudan, which has been instrumental in promoting ‘gender-responsive policing’. ‘ initiatives that have resulted in the rapid achievement of the uniform gender parity targets set for 2028.

She was previously Assistant Commissioner of Police Administration in the Fiji Police, having started her police career in 1986 and worked her way up through the ranks, since then holding a variety of operational and management positions including strategic planning, training, human resources and community policing.

Vuniwaqa holds an MBA from the University of the South Pacific in Fiji.

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