SECRETARY-GENERAL APPOINTS JENNIFER WELSH OF CANADA AS SPECIAL ADVISER
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Jennifer Welsh of Canada as his Special Adviser at the Assistant Secretary-General level. She will succeed Edward Luck of the United States of America, who left the position in June 2012, and to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful.
Ms. Welsh will work under the overall guidance of Mr. Adama Dieng, the Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, to further the conceptual, political, institutional and operational development of the responsibility to protect concept, as set out by the General Assembly in paragraphs 138 and 139 of the 2005 World Summit Outcome document.
Ms. Welsh is currently Professor of International Relations and Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict at the University of Oxford. Her research projects include the evolution of the “responsibility to protect” in international society, the ethics of post-conflict reconstruction, the authority of the United Nations Security Council and the notion of sovereignty.
Ms. Welsh was previously Associate Director for the Peace and Conflict Studies Programme at the University of Toronto, Cadieux Research Fellow in the policy planning staff of the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and Jean Monnet Fellow of the European University Institute. She has also taught international relations at McGill University and at the Central European University and published widely on the responsibility to protect and atrocity prevention. She has worked as a consultant to the Government of Canada on international policy and has been a frequent commentator in the Canadian media on foreign policy and international relations.
Ms. Welsh has a Masters and Doctorate from the University of Oxford, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar, and an Honours Bachelors of Arts from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Ms. Welsh is married and has two children