New York

17 March 2021

Mr. Jean Arnault of France - Secretary-General's Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Jean Arnault of France as his Personal Envoy on Afghanistan and Regional Issues.  The Secretary-General has asked Mr. Arnault to assist in the achievement of a political solution to the conflict, working closely with the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and regional partners.

Mr. Arnault brings over 30 years of experience in international diplomacy focusing on peace settlements and mediation, with extensive background in United Nations missions in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America, including Afghanistan. 

Mr. Arnault´s most recent assignments included Delegate of the Secretary-General to the Colombia peace talks and Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia from 2015 to 2018; and Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Bolivia from 2019 to 2020. 

Mr. Arnault is a graduate in philosophy from Sorbonne Paris 1 and was a professor at the Paris School of International Affairs from 2012-2014.