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Secretary-General Appoints Haile Menkerios of South Africa
Special Representative to African Union
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Haile Menkerios of South Africa as the new Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU) and Special Representative to the African Union at the level of Under-Secretary-General.
While continuing his current assignment as Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan, Mr. Menkerios will replace Zachary Muburi-Muita, who will complete his UNOAU assignment on 30 June. The Secretary-General is grateful to Mr. Muburi-Muita for his dedicated service with UNOAU since its establishment in 2010, and for deepening the strategic partnership between the African Union and the United Nations.
Mr. Menkerios brings to the position extensive experience in African issues and with the United Nations. Prior to his appointment as Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan in July 2011, he was the Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in Sudan since 1 March 2010, prior to which he served as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs (2007-2010).
He also served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2007), Director of the Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs (2003-2005) and Senior Adviser to the Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Inter-Congolese Dialogue (2002).
From 1991 to 2000, Mr. Menkerios represented the Government of Eritrea in various capacities, including as Ambassador to Ethiopia and the Organization of African Unity; Special Envoy to Somalia and to the Great Lakes region; and as Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
Born in 1946, Mr. Menkerios has a master’s degree from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University.
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