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Department of Political Affairs

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Jeffrey Feltman

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USG Jeffrey Feltman

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, the Middle East and Central Asia. 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. 

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun

ASG Tayé-Brook Zerihoun

ASG Tayé-Brook Zerihoun

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 replaces Mr. Haile Menkerios, who has been appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Sudan for a one-year period.

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: 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).

Since April 2008, Mr. Zerihoun has 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 UNMIS from October 2006 until October 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.

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča

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ASG Miroslav Jenča

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 12 March 2015 announced the appointment of Miroslav Jenča as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.

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, ass 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 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

Mr. Jenča succeeds Jens Toyberg-Frandzen of Denmark who was appointed Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for Political Affairs in November 2014.

Office of the Under-Secretary-General

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Chief of Office, Kyoko Shiotani

 

Africa I Division (Egypt, the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes, Eastern and South Africa)
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Director, Sam Ibok

 

Africa II Division (West, Central and Northern Africa)
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Director, João Honwana

 

Americas Division
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Director, Martha Doggett

 

Europe Division
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Director, Elizabeth Spehar

 

Asia and Pacific Division
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Director, Mari Yamashita

 

Middle East and West Asia Division
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Director, Antonella Caruso

 

Electoral Assistance Division
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Director, Craig Jenness

 

Division for Palestinian Rights
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Officer-in-Charge, Wolfgang Grieger

 

Policy and Mediation Division
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Director, Levent Bilman

 

Security Council Affairs Division
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Director, Movses Abelian

 

Decolonization Unit
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Chief, Josiane Ambiehl


 

Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Office 

Director, Jehangir Khan
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