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Red Cross names Swiss diplomat as first woman president

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Red Cross names Swiss diplomat as first woman president

The international Red Cross said on Thursday that Swiss diplomat and international worker Mirjana Spoljaric Egger would be its next president and the first woman to lead the organization.

The current undersecretary general of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will replace Peter Maurer as chairman of the International Committee of the Red Cross when he resigns next September, the organization said in a statement.

Maurer, who will step down after 10 years in office, praised the appointment, saying Spoljaric Egger “would bring a strategic vision, strong international experience and a broad diplomatic track record to the position.”

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“She is an accomplished leader and I am confident that she will be a powerful and compassionate advocate for those affected by armed conflict and violence.”

Spoljaric Egger, whose age was not given, said it was “a great honor and a great responsibility to be elected president of an organization that I have long admired for its inspiring and vital global mission.

“I will strive to highlight the needs of the most vulnerable and do justice to the incredible impact of ICRC teams in conflict situations around the world.”

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Spoljaric Egger previously served as head of the United Nations and International Organizations division of the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and has served as a Swiss diplomat in Bern, Cairo and New York.

He also worked with the UN agency serving Palestinian refugees, UNRWA.

The married mother of two studied at the Universities of Basel and Geneva, and has a master’s degree in philosophy, economics and international law.

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