United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Tegegnework Gettu of Ethiopia as under-secretary-general and associate administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Mr. Gettu served as the under-secretary-general for General Assembly and Conference Management, and previously as UNDP assistant secretary-general and regional director of the Bureau for Africa from 2009 to 2013. He succeeds Maria Eugenia Casar of Mexico.
Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi of Nigeria has been appointed as the joint special representative for Darfur and head of the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Mission in Darfur (UNAMID). He most recently served as founder and president of the Pan African Institute for Global Affairs and Strategy. He succeeds Abiodun Oluremi Bashua, also of Nigeria.
The UN secretary-general has appointed Maman S. Sidikou of Niger as his special representative and head of the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO). He served most recently as his country’s ambassador to the United States. Mr. Sidikou succeeds Martin Kobler of Germany.
Waldemar Vrey of South Africa has been appointed as deputy special representative (Political and Rule of Law) for the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL). Most recently, Mr. Vrey served as director for the rule of law and security institutions group in the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM). He succeeds Mark Kroeker of the United States.