Senior Adviser, Africa and Regional Cooperation
Sipho Seakamela is the Senior Adviser responsible for African issues and cooperation between United Nations (UN) and regional organizations security within the Office of the President of the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly. He is also a liaison between the OPGA and the African Group, Non Aligned Movement and the Group of 77 + China.
Sipho has been serving in the OPGA for the last three consecutive sessions (67th, 68th and 69th sessions) and dealt with various issues including African issues, human rights, peace and security and regional cooperation.
Sipho has served in the Foreign Service of the Republic of South Africa for 11 years, including as First Secretary, Political at the Permanent Mission of South Africa in New York from 2006-2010. During that period, he was part of his delegation’s chairmanship of the G77 + China in 2006 and non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council 2007-2008. He was in charge of peace and security issues including peacekeeping, special political and decolonization, cooperation between African Union (AU) and UN as well as African issues on the UNSC agenda. In this role, Sipho drafted and chaired negotiations on several resolutions and presidential statements of the UNSC, in particular on cooperation between AU and UN.
Sipho began his career in 2002 as a researcher at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA).