Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, an Austrian, was appointed Thursday as the new head of the UN Department of Public Information.

Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal, an Austrian, was appointed Thursday as the new head of the UN Department of Public Information, the office responsible for documentation and media coverage of the United Nations.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who appointed Launsky-Tieffenthal to replace Kiyo Akasaka of Japan, noted that the Austrian government spokesman has 30 years of experience in his country's foreign service in Asia, North America and the Middle East. - Sapa-dpa