United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Mary Robinson of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya as his special envoys on El Niño and Climate. Ms. Robinson is currently the president of the Mary Robinson Foundation and Mr. Kamau the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations. Ms. Robinson, a former President of Ireland, had served as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and as Mr. Ban’s special envoy for climate change. Mr. Kamau is a former president of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Board. He co-chaired the UN General Assembly working group on sustainable development goals, which includes the fight against climate change.
Modibo Touré of Mali has been appointed as special representative for Guinea-Bissau and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNIOGBIS). Mr. Touré served as special adviser to the special envoy for the Great Lakes Region from 2013 to 2015.  He succeeds Miguel Trovoada of São Tomé and PrÍncipe.
Lt-Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki of Kenya has been appointed as force commander of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Lt-Gen. Ondieki has served as deputy army chief of staff of Kenya Defence Forces since 2013.  He succeeds Lt-Gen. Yohannes Gebremeskel Tesfamariam of Ethiopia.
Abiodun Oluremi Bashua of Nigeria has been appointed to lead a special investigation into the attack against the UN mission in South Sudan.  Most recently, Mr. Bashua served as deputy joint special representative of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID).
Nicholas Haysom of South Africa has been appointed as special envoy for Sudan and South Sudan. Most recently, Mr. Haysom served as the special representative for the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). He succeeds Haile Menkerios of South Africa.