Lena Sundh

Ambassador Lena Sundh has long experience of working on issues relating to peace and stability, conflict resolution and gender equality both at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs and the United Nations.

She is currently Special Envoy to the Great Lakes at the Ministry and participates in the Burundi peace talks facilitated by Tanzania’s former President Mkapa.

In January 2018 she was appointed by the UN Secretary-General as chair of the International Commission of Inquiry for Mali. She was Ambassador to Angola until September 2016.

Sundh has served as the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo, MONUC, 2002-2004. Moreover she was Head of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal 2006-2007 and member of the UN Monitoring Mechanism for the Angola sanctions 2000-2001.

In 2004-2005 Sundh chaired SIDDR, the Stockholm Ini[1]tiative on disarmament, demobilisation and reintegration and participated in the work to follow up the findings of SIDDR in the field. She also represented Sweden as delegate to the UN Commission on the Status of Women 1987-1989 and 1992-1995.

Geographic expertise

  • Angola
  • Great Lakes
  • Cambodia
  • Namibia
  • Nepal
  • Thailand

Topical expertise

  • Ceasefire negotiations
  • Peacekeeping
  • Security Council resolution 1325


  • Swedish
  • English
  • French
  • Portuguese


New holders of the 1325-scholarship for women, peace and security

Three new peacebuilders from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Pales-tine and Afghanistan have been selected as this year’s recipients of the schol-arship in support of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security. For the first time, the scholarship, established in the memory of Zaida Catalán, is awarded to women from all three countries where Catalán worked as seconded from FBA.

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Strategic peace mediation and dialogue efforts to shift conflict systems

When working with or in complex conflict systems, including on dialogue, peace mediation or peace process support, a critical question is how we can best contribute to positive substantive shifts in these systems. FBA’s two thematic units working with dialogue, peace mediation and peace process support have explored these issues during the last few years. During this time, Anita Ernstorfer, an expert in peacebuilding and long-standing FBA consultant, has been a key partner in this conversation.



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