Ambassador Jan Eliasson was 2007-2008 Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General for Darfur. Prior to this, Jan Eliasson was President of the 60th session of the UN General Assembly. He was Sweden’s Ambassador to the US from September 2000 until July 2005. On 27 March 2006 Mr. Eliasson was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden and served in this capacity until the elections in the fall of 2006. Ambassador Eliasson served from 1994 to 2000 as State Secretary for Foreign Affairs, a key position in formulating and implementing Swedish foreign policy. He was Sweden’s Ambassador to the UN in New York 1988-92, and he also served as the Secretary-General’s Personal Representative for Iran/Iraq. Mr. Eliasson was the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and was involved in different operations in Africa and the Balkans. He took initiatives on landmines, conflict prevention and humanitarian action.