UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Aïchatou Mindaoudou Souleymane of Niger as his special representative and head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI).Prior to her appointment, Ms. Mindaoudou served as the deputy joint special representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) as well as acting joint special representative of UNAMID from August 2012 until March 2013. She also presided over Niger’s chairmanship of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ministerial Council for Mediation and Peace from 2005 to 2007. She replaces Albert Gerard Koenders of the Netherlands.
Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye ofSenegal has been appointed as the secretary-general’s special representative and head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office for the Central African Republic (BINUCA). At the time of his appointment, Lt. Gen. Gaye was serving as assistant secretary-general and military adviser for peacekeeping operations. He served as force commander for the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO) from 2005 to 2010. Prior to this, Lt. Gen. Gaye held many leadership and staff positions in the government of Senegal. He succeeds Margaret Vogt of Nigeria.
The UN secretary-general and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, have appointed Joseph Mutaboba of Rwanda as AU and UN deputy joint special representative and deputy head of the AU-UN Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Prior to this, Mr. Mutaboba served as the secretary-general’s special representative and head of the UN Peacebuilding Support Office in Guinea-Bissau (UNOGBIS) until January 2013. He succeeds Aïchatou Mindaoudou of Niger.
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Speciosa Wandira-Kazibwe of Uganda has been appointed as the UN secretary-general’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Prior to her appointment, she served as senior adviser to the President of Uganda on Population and Health and a chairperson of the board of directors of the Microfinance Support Centre Ltd. From 1993 to 2004, she was vice-president of Uganda. She replaces Asha-Rose Migiro of Tanzania.
Major General Imam Edy Mulyono of Indonesia was appointed by the secretary-general as force commander of the UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO). Prior to his appointment, he served as commander of the Indonesian Defence Forces Peacekeeping Centre. Maj. Gen. Mulyono brings vast national and international military experience to his new position, including as special assistant to the army chief of staff in charge of peacekeeping operations. He succeeds Maj. Gen. Abdul Hafiz of Bangladesh.