The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) announced Thursday that Mirjana Spoljaric Egger, a Swiss diplomat, and United Nations official, has been elected as the organization’s next president and the first woman to lead it.
She will succeed current President Peter Maurer, who is leaving down after ten years in office in September 2022.
Egger, who is now the United Nations assistant secretary-general in charge of the United Nations Development Program’s Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (RBEC), was elected by the ICRC’s Assembly, the organization’s governing body. On Oct. 1, 2022, she will begin her four-year term, which is renewable.
On Oct. 1, 2022, she will begin her four-year term, which is renewable. the Red Cross has long inspired her in her global mission, and she will therefore work to highlight the needs of the most vulnerable while also honoring the ICRC’s great impact in conflict zones around the world.
The ICRC protects victims of warfare in countries and across boundaries and has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize three times, in 1917, 1944, and 1963.