United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Guang Cong of the People’s Republic of China as his new Deputy Special Representative (Political) for South Sudan and Deputy Head of the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). Mr. Cong succeeds Moustapha Soumaré of Mali to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his distinguished service in South Sudan.
Mr. Cong brings to the position vast experience in international affairs, including service with several United Nations peace operations, coupled with extensive experience in South Sudan and in the region. Since 2016 he has served as Director of Civil Affairs in UNMISS. Prior to this, Mr. Cong served as Chief Civil Affairs in the United Nations-African Union Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). He has also served in the Office in Jonglei State of UNMISS as well as the Blue Nile State and Abyei offices of the United Nations Mission in Sudan (UNMIS).
Mr. Cong has also held senior management positions with the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL), from 2012 to 2014, and with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) from 2002 to 2009.
Prior to joining the United Nations in 2002, Mr. Cong had a distinguished career in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. Mr. Cong is married and has one child.