SERVICE DE L'ACTION ANTIMINES DES NATIONS UNIES - UNMAS
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NEW YORK, NY (Etats-Unis)
Mrs Agnès Marcaillou, Director
Ms. Agnès Marcaillou, Director of UNMAS
Agnès Marcaillou is the Director of UNMAS, the United Nations Mine Action Service, in the UN Peacekeeping Department (DPKO), where she oversees UNMAS activities in New York and Geneva, as well as in some 18 field operations world-wide. In this capacity, she administers the United Nations Trust Fund for Mine Action, and chairs the UN Inter-Agency Coordinating Group on Mine Action as well as the Geneva-based Committee on International Mine Action Standards.
During a distinguished career of 25-plus years with the United Nations, she has worked in the fields of disarmament and arms control, political and peace-keeping affairs, holding a variety of positions in New York, Geneva, The Hague, Iraq and Cambodia. She has served in New York in the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, as Principal Officer in charge of UN regional disarmament and conventional weapons; as Secretary of the Preparatory process for the 2001 UN international conference on (the) illicit trade in small arms and light weapons; in the Hague, as Chief of Staff of the Executive Secretary of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons; in the UN Special Commission on Iraq (UNSCOM), as officer in charge of chemical weapons destruction and the disarmament of Iraq; in Geneva in the Conference on Disarmament (CD), as deputy secretary of the CD negotiation of the Chemical Weapons Convention.
During her career, she also served as Deputy Spokeswoman for UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, and prior to that, in the Department for Political Affairs.
A Lawyer and Political Scientist, Ms. Marcaillou is a Laureate of the French Post-Graduate Institute for National Defense Studies (IHEDN), as well as a NATO Fellow and a Fellow of the UN Disarmament Fellowship Programme. She is also known for her work on the advancement of women in peace and security and for her research on public-private partnerships.
Ms. Marcaillou has authored a number of publications in English and French.
Twelve United Nations Departments and Offices of the Secretariat, specialized agencies, funds and programmes play a role in mine-action programs in 30 countries and three territories. A policy developed jointly by these institutions (Mine Action and Effective Coordination: the United Nations Inter-Agency Policy) guides the division of labor within the United Nations. Much of the actual work, such as demining and mine-risk education, is carried out by nongovernmental organizations. But commercial contractors and, in some situations, militaries, also provide humanitarian mine-action services. In addition, a variety of intergovernmental, international and regional organizations, as well as international financial institutions, also support mine action by funding operations or providing services to individuals and communities affected by landmines and explosive remnants of war.
The twelve United Nations Departments and Offices of the Secretariat, specialized agencies, funds and programmes are: the United Nations Mine Action Service of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations, the Office for Disarmament Affairs, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Office of the UnitedNations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the United Nations Children’s Fund
(UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women), the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the World Food Programme (WFP) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Observer entities include the United Nations Institute for
Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) and the World Bank.