Press Release

Awa Dabo appointed new Deputy Head of Office for the Peacebuilding Support OfficeDepartment of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs

Ms. Awa Dabo officially joined as the Deputy Head of Office of the Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), in the Department of Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA). Ms. Dabo joins PBSO at an important time for the Office and DPPA, with renewed focus on the importance of financing for peacebuilding in the lead up to next year’s General Assembly High-level meeting on Financing, emphasis in Our Common Agenda on the roles of the Peacebuilding Commission and Peacebuilding Fund, and continued commitment to enhancing capacities, leadership and coherence of UN support to Member States in building and sustaining peace.
Ms. Dabo is a human rights lawyer with extensive experience in crisis recovery, peacebuilding, transitional justice, humanitarian affairs and development. She has held several senior positions within the United Nations, most recently as Chief of Country Oversight and Support, for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional Bureau for Africa. Ms. Dabo was previously Senior Advisor and Head of the Crisis and Fragility Policy and Engagement team for the Crisis Bureau of UNDP, Country Director for UNDP in Tanzania, and Regional Programme Manager and Team Leader with UNDP’s Bureau for Crisis Prevention and Recovery. 

During her professional career, Ms. Dabo has worked with other UN and non-UN entities including the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Department for Peacekeeping Operations (now DPO) and the African Society of International and Comparative law - an international law NGO based in London, United Kingdom. Ms. Dabo holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham and a BA in Law, Sociology and Social Anthropology from the University of Keele.