UNITED NATIONS, March 8 (Xinhua) -- United Nations Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon announced on Monday that Ann-Marie Orler will take over as the new police advisor for the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
"Ms. Orler brings great experience to the job," said Ban. "She has led the global effort to recruit more female police officer for UN peacekeeping operations."
Orler, who has two decades of police experience, has been the United Nations deputy police advisor since 2008. She has made female recruitment a central theme in her career.
Ban's announcement was timed to fall on International Women's Day. He said gender equality and women's empowerment are among his top priorities.
"Women are central to development goals and to all our hopes for progress, peace, stability and human rights," he said.
Orler's promotion to top cop "is a wonderful way to celebrate international women's day," he added.
In her native Sweden, Orler served as the secretary-general of the non-governmental organization (NGO) Amnesty International and was also the Police Commissioner in the town of Vastmanland.
On the international stage, she has worked as the Program Manager for Police and Human Rights with the Council of Europe, where she took part in fact-finding missions and trained police officers in Turkey and several Balkan nations, among others.
At present, there are 11,000 UN Police (UNPOL) -- 8 percent of whom are women -- from some 100 countries who working in 18 different field missions.