On 4 May 2018, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed José Viegas Filho of Brazil as his new Special Representative for Guinea-Bissau and Head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS).
José Viegas Filho succeeds Modibo Touré of Mali, who completed his assignment on 6 May 2018.
SRSG Filho brings over four decades of experience in government service and diplomacy.
His most recent assignment was as Ambassador of Brazil to Italy from 2009 to 2012. Prior to this, he was Ambassador to Spain (2005 to 2009), Russia (2001 to 2002), Peru (1998 to 2001), and Denmark (1995 to 1998).
He also served as Minister of Defence of Brazil from 2003 to 2004 and held the positions of Under-Secretary-General for Policy Planning and Multilateral Affairs from 1993 to 1995 and Head of the Department of Multilateral Affairs from 1991 to 1995, both in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Previously, José Viegas Filho headed the Brazilian delegations that negotiated the reform of the Tlatelolco Treaty for the denuclearization of South America (1992 to 1993) and the global ban on anti-personnel landmines (1995 to 1997). He also served in the United States, Chile, Italy, France, and Cuba from 1969 to 1990 in various diplomatic assignments.
Mr. Filho is a graduate of the Instituto Rio Branco, a graduate school of international relations and diplomatic academy in Brasília, Brazil.
He was born in Brazil in 1942.
Previous Representatives/Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Guinea-Bissau and Heads of UNOGBIS/UNIOGBIS
Mr. Modibo Touré (Mali), May 2016-May 2018
The new Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (DSRSG) in Guinea-Bissau, Mr. David McLachlan-Karr, took office on 18 July 2017.
Mr.McLachlan-Karr was appointed by the UN Secretary-General on 23 May 2017 to replace Maria do Valle Ribeiro of Ireland, who completed her assignment in Guinea-Bissau in January.
Mr. McLachlan-Karr possesses 21 years of experience working with the United Nations, including in various assignments for UNDP and the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
From November 2016 until his appointment in Guinea-Bissau, he has served as United Nations Resident Coordinator, Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative ad interim in Jordan. Previously, Mr. McLachlan-Karr was on secondment from the United Nations to the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he held the position of Senior Adviser on Public-Private Partnerships (2015-2016).Prior to that, he served as Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Sierra Leone, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea and Venezuela. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. McLachlan-Karr held various positions in the Australian Foreign Service for eight years.
David McLachlan-Karr hails from Australia. Born in 1961, he holds a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom), and a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations and International Law from the University of Queensland, Australia.