UN chief appointed new envoy to Syria
  • United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has appointed veteran Norwegian diplomat Geir O. Pedersen as next Special Envoy for Syria.
  • He succeeds Italian-Swedish envoy Staffan de Mistura.
  • He is currently Norway’s ambassador to China.
  • At the UN, Mr Pedersen served as the Special Coordinator for Lebanon between 2007 and 2008.