18 August 2005

Biographical Note

Secretary-General Appoints Luiz Carlos da Costa of Brazil as Deputy Special Representative for Liberia

NEW YORK, 17 August (UN Headquarters) -- UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced today the appointment of Luiz Carlos da Costa as his Deputy Special Representative for Operations and Rule of Law for Liberia.  Mr. da Costa has had a long and distinguished career with the United Nations, most recently having served, since June 2003, as the Director of the Logistics Support Division, Office of Mission Support in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York.

Previously, Mr. da Costa was the Director of Administration at the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) from November 2002, a post which he had also held from July 2000 to August 2001.  Between August 2001 and November 2002, Mr. da Costa served as Principal Officer for Change Management in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.

From November 1992 to June 2000, Mr. da Costa was Chief, Personnel Management and Support Service, in the Field Administration and Logistics Division of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations in New York.  Prior to that, Mr. da Costa, served in a number of other positions at United Nations Headquarters, including with the Office of Human Resources Management and the then Department of Conference Services, having joined the organization in 1969. 

Mr. da Costa was born on 4 June 1949.  He graduated from New York University in 1978 with an M.A. in international business and political science.  He is married and has two daughters.

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