Luc Stevens named new UN chief in Thailand

01 Aug 2012

imageImage Courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs : Thailand's Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Surapong Tovichakchaikul (right) greets Mr. Luc Stevens, the new UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand.

On 1 July, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon named Mr. Luc Stevens as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Thailand.

On behalf of the United Nations system, Stevens will have the overall responsibility and exercise team leadership for the coordination of operations activities for development in the Kingdom of Thailand as outlined the five-year United Nations Partnership Framework (UNPAF) with The Royal Thai Government.

“I am committed to working with the Royal Thai Government on critical development challenges affecting not only Thailand, but all of Southeast Asia - such as addressing climate change and working towards more sustainable development,” said Stevens.

Stevens brings to Thailand over 25 years of experience in humanitarian aid and international development. Beginning in 1987 as a Junior Professional Officer in Sudan, Stevens started work for the UN Refugee Agency where he was involved in humanitarian programmes and emergency management.

Prior to his new post as UN Resident Coordinator in Thailand, Stevens served for five years in the same position in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, and as UNHCR’s Regional Support Hub Manager for West Africa/Representative, a.i. in Ghana.

He also served in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Tanzania and held various positions with UNHCR in Geneva.

“I am very enthusiastic about serving in Thailand, a country I have visited and admired for many years. My family and I are absolutely thrilled we get to live here,” said Stevens.

Stevens, 55, is a Belgian national and holds a Master’s Degree in Criminology from State University Gent, Belgium. He is the 16th person to hold the position of Resident Coordinator in Thailand, dating back to 1955.

Contact Information

Barbara Orlandini, Office of the UN Resident Coordinator, barbara.orlandini@undp.org, +66 (0) 02 3049100 ext 1881