Yet Another Top Australian At The United Nations
By Andreas von Warburg
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has asked Max Gaylard of Australia, a senior United Nations official with
extensive experience in humanitarian and development coordination, to serve as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle
East Peace Process ad interim.
According to a statement released by Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General has asked Gaylard to travel to the region
this week to lead the UN country team in the occupied Palestinian territory.
Gaylard is currently serving as the Director of Mine Action with the Department of Peacekeeping Operations and has
previously served as the Humanitarian and Resident Coordinator in Somalia and as the Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator in
His appointment follows that of Mike Smith, another top Australian earlier in September, as the new Executive Director
of the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Committee.