Special Adviser of the Secretary-General
on the Prevention of Genocide

Portrait of Adama Dieng
UN Photo/Paulo Filgueiras

Adama Dieng, a Senegalese jurist, was appointed as Under-Secretary-General and Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide on 1 September 2012. Prior to his appointment, he had served since 2001 as Assistant Secretary-General and Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before joining the United Nations, Mr. Dieng was the Secretary General of the Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists for ten years (1990-2000). During his tenure, Mr. Dieng was appointed as the United Nations Independent Expert for Haiti (1995-2000) and was also appointed as the Envoy of the United Nations Secretary General to Malawi, in 1993. He was the driving force behind the establishment of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as the draft African Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption. Mr. Dieng is a former Board member of various institutions, including the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, the International Human Rights Institute (Institut Rene Cassin) and the Africa Leadership Forum. Mr. Dieng is a member of the Editorial Board of the International Review of the Red Cross. In recognition of his contribution to strengthening the rule of law and the fight against impunity, he was appointed an Honorary Chairman of the Washington-based World Justice Project.

Previous Special Advisers

  • Francis Deng (2007-2012)
  • Juan Méndez (2004-2007)