Jeffrey Feltman of the United States assumed the post of Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 2 July 2012. He was appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
As Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs, Mr. Feltman advises the Secretary-General on peace and security issues globally, while overseeing "good offices" initiatives and field-based political missions carrying out peacemaking, preventive diplomacy and peace-building activities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and the Americas. He also oversees the United Nations electoral assistance provided to dozens of its member states each year.
Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Feltman served for nearly thirty years in the United States Foreign Service, focused especially on the Middle East and North Africa. His last position was as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, from which he retired at the rank of Career Minister. Mr. Feltman served previously as United States Ambassador to the Republic of Lebanon, and held earlier diplomatic postings in Baghdad, Erbil, Jerusalem, Tunis, Tel Aviv, Budapest, and Port-au-Prince, as well as with responsibility for coordinating US assistance to countries of Eastern and Central Europe.
Mr. Feltman speaks Arabic, French and Hungarian. He received his Bachelor’s degree in History and Fine Arts from Ball State University and his Master's degree in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Born in 1959, Mr. Feltman is married.
Tayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 28 April 2010 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Zerihoun replaced Mr. Haile Menkerios, who now serves as Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).
Mr. Zerihoun brings to this position a wealth of experience and administrative skills from his various assignments with the United Nations since March 1981. He has worked on special political questions in New York, in different capacities and areas like decolonization, trusteeship, conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping. Between 1995 and 2003, he served initially as Deputy and then Director of the Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs, with responsibility for the countries of the Horn of Africa, Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions, as well as regional organizations including the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Zerihoun served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). He was the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) from 2006 to 2007, where he also served as the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Representative since August 2004 and Chief United Nations Mediator for the Darfur Peace Talks in support of the efforts of Special Envoy Jan Eliasson.
Mr. Zerihoun completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in New York, and holds a master of philosophy degree in comparative politics from Columbia University.
Mr. Zerihoun was born on 13 December 1942. He is married and has four children.
Miroslav Jenča of Slovakia assumed Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 1 May 2015, having been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Jenča succeeds Jens Toyberg-Frandzen of Denmark who was appointed Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for Political Affairs in November2014.
As Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jenča will be responsible, inter alia, for overseeing the divisions in the Department of Political Affairs dealing with the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and West Asia, as well as the Decolonization Unit and the Division for Palestinian Rights.
Mr. Jenča has served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, since 2008. He was previously Director of the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, as well as Ambassador and Head of Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Centre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He served as Ambassador and Representative of Slovakia to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and Ambassador of Slovakia to Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia, including positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and diplomatic missions in Ireland and Mexico.
Mr. Jenča holds a Doctor of Law degree from Comenius University in Bratislava. He studied foreign trade at the University of Economics in Bratislava, diplomacy and international relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and diplomacy at Stanford University.
Born in 1965, he is married and has two children.
Office of the Under-Secretary-General: Chief of Office: Kyoko Shiotani
Africa I Division (Egypt, the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes, Eastern and South Africa): Director: Graham Maitland
Africa II Division (West, Central and Northern Africa): Director: Abdel Fatau Musah
Americas Division: Director: Martha Doggett
Europe Division: Director: Levent Bilman
Asia and Pacific Division: Director: Mari Yamashita
Middle East and West Asia Division: Officer in Charge: Darko Mocibob
Electoral Assistance Division: Director: Craig Jenness
Division for Palestinian Rights: Director: Elio Tamburi
Policy and Mediation Division: Officer in Charge: Teresa Whitfield
Security Council Affairs Division: Director: Hasmik Egian
Decolonization Unit: Chief: Josiane Ambiehl
Below is a list of Special and Personal Representatives, Envoys and Advisers of the Secretary-General that fall under the responsibility of the Department of Political Affairs. A full list of senior officials in the field visit can be accessed here.
|Country||Title||Name (Country)||Organizations||Date of appointment|
|Afghanistan||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA||
|United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
|African Union||Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, UNOAU||Haile Menkerios
|United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU)|
|Central Africa||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA||François Louncény Fall (Guinea)||United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA)||14 February 2017
|Central Asia||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA||Natalia Gherman
|UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia in (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan||13 September 2017
|Colombia||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Mission in Colombia||Jean Arnault (France)||UN Mission in Colombia||8 March 2016
|Cyprus||Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus||United Nations Good Offices Mission|
|Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Greece||Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Greece-FYROM talks||
|21 December 1999
|Geneva International Discussions||UN Representative to the Geneva International Discussions||Antti Turunen (Finland)||United Nations Representative to the Geneva International Discussions (UNRGID)|
|The Great Lakes region||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region||Said Djinnit
|17 July 2014
|Guinea-Bissau||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau and Head of UNIOGBIS||
Modibo Touré (Mali)
|United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau
|28 April 2016
|Guyana-The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela Border Controversy||Personal Representative on the Border Controversy between Guyana and The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela||Dag Halvor Nylander (Norway)||27 February 2017|
|Iraq||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of UNAMI||Ján Kubiš
|United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)||24 February 2015
|Lebanon||Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon||Sigrid Kaag
|Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL)||1 December 2014
|Libya||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of UNSMIL||
Ghassan Salamé (Lebanon)
|United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)||21 June 2017
|Middle East||Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority||Nickolay Mladenov
|Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process||5 February 2015
|Somalia||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of Mission, UNSOM||Michael Keating
|United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)||3 June 2013
|Sudan and South Sudan||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan||Nicholas Haysom (South Africa)|
|Syria||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria||Staffan de Mistura
|10 July 2014|
|West Africa and the Sahel||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of UNOWAS||Mohammed Ibn Chambas
|United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS)||18 March 2016|
|Western Sahara||Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara||
Horst Köhler (Germany)
|Yemen||Special Envoy for Yemen||Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed
|25 April 2015