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    22 March 2010

    New Secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board
    Takes Office

    VIENNA, 22 March (UN Information Service) - The new Secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and Chief of the INCB Secretariat, Jonathan Lucas of the Seychelles, takes office today. He succeeds Koli Kouame of Côte d'Ivoire who retired from the organization on 31 January 2010.

    Prior to his appointment as Secretary of the INCB, Mr. Lucas served as Regional Representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Southern Africa, based in Pretoria.

    Mr. Lucas started his professional career in 1982 as Consultant with the International Labour Organization (ILO) in Switzerland and subsequently joined the United Nations in 1984 as Associate Social Affairs Officer. Throughout his career, Mr. Lucas served in various capacities, including as Legal and First Officer for the policy-making organs of the United Nations International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) and as Senior Programme Management Officer with the Office of the Executive Director/Director-General of the then United Nations Office on Drug Control and Crime Prevention (ODCCP)/United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV). From 1998 to 2004, Mr. Lucas served as Secretary of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) and Secretary of the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (CCPCJ).

    Mr. Lucas holds a doctoral degree in International Law/Economics from the Graduate Institute for International Studies (IUHEI), Geneva, Switzerland and a Master's degree in Political Science from Acadia University, Wolfville, Canada.

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