Meet Nickolay Mladenov, Special Coordinator for Middle East Peace Process

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by Impactpool
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Gain a brief insight into the professional experience of Nickolay Mladenov, a Senior Leader with the United Nations. In February 2015, the United Nations former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment of Mr. Mladenov of Bulgaria as his Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and his Personal Representative to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority.

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Mr. Mladenov serves as the United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. The office of UNSCO was established in June 1994 following the signing of the Oslo Accord. The aim of the mission is to enhance the involvement of the United Nations during the transition process, and to strengthen UN inter-agency cooperation to respond to the needs of the Palestinian people, mobilizing financial, technical, economic and other assistance. Further, in 1999, UNSCO became the Office of the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the PLO and the Palestinian Authority.

Mr. Mladenov is responsible for boosting United Nations development assistance in support of the peace process. Additionally, he represents the Secretary-General in discussions relating to the Middle East peace process with the parties and the international community.

Since 2002, the UNSCO Special Coordinator has also been the Secretary-General’s envoy in the Middle East Quartet, comprising the Secretary-General of the United Nations, the United States of America, the European Union and the Russian Federation.

Mr. Mladenov has extensive experience in public service and international affairs. Prior to this appointment, he was the Special Representative for Iraq and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), another special political mission.

Prior to his tenure with the UN, he served as Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria from 2010 to 2013 and Minister of Defence of Bulgaria from 2009 to 2010.  Previously, he was a Member of the European Parliament from 2007 to 2009 and a Member of the Parliament of Bulgaria from 2001 to 2005.  Mr. Mladenov held several positions in the intergovernmental and non-governmental sectors, including at the World Bank and the European Institute.

Mr. Mladenov earned a Master of Arts in war studies at King’s College London, in the United Kingdom, and both a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in international relations at the University of National and World Economy of Sofia, in Bulgaria.


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Photo: Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Nickolay Mladenov. UN Photo/Devra Berkowitz

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