Jan Egeland is Back

Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced yesterday Jan Egeland’s return to the United Nations. From 2003-2006, Egeland was the high profile undersecretary general for Humanitarian Affairs and now it seems his experience will be put to use in a new initiative to bolster the UN’s conflict mediation services. The position is a project of the Department of Political Affairs, now run by the American former ambassador to Indonesia, Lynn Pascoe, and is intended to create a team of peace negotiators and technical advisors that can be quickly dispatched around the world.