UNITED NATIONS, March 15 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-general Ban Ki-moon on Friday appointed Flavia Pansieri of Italy as Assistant Secretary-general to serve as the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights.
"Ms. Pansieri will replace Ms. Kyung-wha Kang, to whom the secretary-general and the High Commissioner for Human Rights are grateful for her dedicated service to the United Nations human rights program during the past six years," said a statement issued here by Ban's spokesperson.
The outgoing Kang is from the Republic of Korea.
Prior to this appointment, Pansieri was the Executive Coordinator of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Program for five years.
According to the Friday statement, Pansieri's extensive experience in the United Nations system extends over a 30-year period.
Her first position was in 1983 at UNDP in China, the statement noted.
Pansieri has doctorate degrees in Philosophy from Milan University and in Chinese language and literature from Venice University. She is fluent in six languages -- English, German, French, Spanish and Chinese in addition to her mother tongue Italian.
Born in 1951, Pansieri is married with one daughter, said the statement.