Radhika UN Rep for Children in
Radhika Coomaraswamy, a former UN Special
Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, has
been appointed the new UN Special
Representative for Children in Armed Conflict.
She will hold the rank of
Under-Secretary-General (USG), the third
highest ranking job in the UN system.
Coomaraswamy will succeed Karin Sham Poo, who held the post
temporarily, after Olara Otunnu who completed an eight year stint.
Otunnu, who visited the North and the East to investigate recruitment
of child soldiers by the LTTE, was the first to hold the post beginning
Coomaraswamy's primary mandate will be to build awareness of the
needs of war-affected children. She will also take a critical stand
against Governments and rebel groups recruiting child soldiers, which
has been roundly condemned by the United Nations.
Radhika Coomaraswamy, a graduate of the United Nations
International School in New York, received her B.A. from Yale
University, her J.D. from Columbia University, an LLM from Harvard
University and an honorary PHD from Amherst College.