Note No. 244
9 April 2003


VIENNA, 9 April (UN Information Service) -- Mr. Kwame Tua Opoku, 63, of Ghana, has been appointed the first Ombudsman of the United Nations Office in Vienna, as well as of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Mr. Opoku is a UN retiree with 22 years of service with the Organization. His services as the Ombudsman will be available to UN staff in Vienna beginning in early May.

The establishment of the Office of Ombudsman is another step in the ongoing effort to improve the governance of the office, and to provide the staff with mechanisms to enhance the resolution of disputes thereby contributing to a more productive work environment.

Mr. Opoku has an LL.B, M.C.L. and a Doctorat d'Etat (Doctorat en Droit). His previous work experience with the UN was firstly as Deputy Legal Liaison Officer, UNIDO, and then as Legal Liaison Officer/Senior Legal Liaison Officer, UNOV. During his career at the UN he has served as Secretary of the Joint Appeals Board and Joint Disciplinary Committee, and also as Co-ordinator of the Panel on Discrimination and other Grievances. He is fluent in English, French and German.

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