(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) NEW YORK, Aug 8 (KUNA) -- UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres informed the UN General Assembly on Wednesday of his intention to appoint Chilean ex-president Michelle Bachelet as the next UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The UN chief made the statement following consultations with the chairs of regional groups of Member States on a replacement to Prince Zeid Raad Al Hussein, of Jordan, whose term in office expires in September 2018.
Bachelet served as president of Chile twice (2006-2010 and 2014-2018). After her first term in office, she was appointed the first Executive Director of the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). Bachelet also held ministerial portfolios in the government of Chile, serving as minister of defense (2002-2004) and minister of health (2000-2002). (end) asf.gb