Press Release

New UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, Ms. Beatrice Musimbi Mutali, presents credentials to President Hichilema

28 June 2022

Lusaka, 28 June 2022

New United Nations Resident Coordinator Ms. Beatrice Mutali yesterday presented her letters of credence to Zambia’s President His Excellency
Mr. Hakainde Hichilema with a commendation to the country for fostering peace.

“I wish to commend you, the Government and people of Zambia maintaining political stability in the country and playing a sustained role in promoting peace in the Southern African region.

President Hichilema took the opportunity to call on the United Nations to help ensure peace and security across the world.

“The UN system partially was created post-second world war to address these issues [peace and security], to bring about stability, peace and freedoms,” he said.

He also pledged government’s commitment to ensuring law and order in the country.

The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on 8 May 2022 appointed
Ms Mutali of Kenya and the United Kingdom as the UN Resident Coordinator in Zambia, with the approval of the Zambian Government.

Ms Mutali brings more than 25 years of private and public sector experience within the area of sexual and reproductive health and rights, covering Middle- and Low-Income countries, and a combination of development and humanitarian contexts.

Prior to her appointment as UN Resident Coordinator on 8 May, she served as United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Deputy Regional Director for East and Southern Africa, UNFPA’s Representative to South Africa and Country Director for Botswana and Eswatini, and UNFPA’s Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa. In all these positions, she has led successful strategy development and implementation, policy engagement, resource mobilization, programme management, and has built strong partnerships.

Prior to joining the UN system in 2014, Ms. Mutali held several leadership roles within the area of Family Planning, HIV/AIDS and Sexual and Reproductive Health from organizations such as Merck/MSD, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Planned Parenthood Federation of America.  

Ms. Beatrice Mutali holds a master’s degree and a bachelor's degree in Economics from Kurukshetra University, India.


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