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


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Following the war in Ukraine, defense and security issues are high on the agenda for the Swedish EU presidency. A process has been launched to investigate how the EU can contribute to strengthen resilience in the neighboring country of Moldova. Hear more about the country's challenges directly from Minister of the Interior Ana Revenco, who visited FBA in January.

2023-02-01 10:01

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