What is the IPU?
In accordance with the Statutes of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, the totality of the staff of the Organization works under the direction of the Secretary General of the Union who is appointed by the Governing Council. The current Secretary General of the IPU is Mr. Anders B. Johnsson (Sweden) who succeeds a number of distinguished predecessors in this post.
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE OF MR. ANDERS B. JOHNSSON
Mr. Anders B. Johnsson was elected IPU Secretary General in 1998 for an initial four year mandate. He has since been re-elected three times.
Before serving as IPU Secretary General, Mr. Johnsson directed the development of IPU's program to strengthen parliaments and promote democracy. Prior to joining the IPU in 1991, he worked for more than 15 years in the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) where he held senior positions in Honduras, Pakistan, Sudan and Viet Nam, as well as at UNHCR Headquarters where he was Senior Legal Adviser to the High Commissioner.
Mr. Johnsson has devoted his entire professional life to international cooperation and multilateral diplomacy. He is an expert in international law and politics, democracy, human rights, gender equality issues and parliamentary diplomacy. He is the author of several papers and articles and is frequently invited to speak on these subjects.
Born in 1948 in Lund, Sweden, Mr. Johnsson - who is fluent in English, French and Spanish - obtained a Bachelor of Law degree at Lund University, studied European law and integration in Bruges, Belgium, and took a Master of Comparative Law degree at New York University. He is married to a Mexican writer with whom he shares three children.