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Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča

Directors of HQ Divisions

Senior Officials in the Field

 

Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo

Portrait of Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Rosemary A. DiCarlo

Rosemary A. DiCarlo of the United States has assumed the post of Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 1 May 2018. She was appointed by Secretary-General António Guterres and succeeds Mr. Jeffrey Feltman.

As Under-Secretary-General and head of the Department of Political Affairs (DPA), Ms. DiCarlo advises the Secretary-General on peace and security issues globally, while overseeing "good offices" initiatives and field-based political missions carrying out peacemaking, preventive diplomacy and peace-building activities in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Central and Southeast Asia and the Americas. She also oversees the United Nations electoral assistance provided to dozens of its member states each year.

Ms. DiCarlo brings more than 35 years of experience in public service and academia. During her distinguished career with the United States Department of State, she served, inter alia, as Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations with the rank and status of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary.  In that capacity, she represented the United States at the Security Council, General Assembly and other United Nations bodies. Prior assignments included Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, and Director for United Nations Affairs at the National Security Council in Washington, D.C. Her overseas tours took her to the United States Embassies in Moscow and Oslo.

She also served as President of the National Committee on American Foreign Policy from August 2015 to May 2018 and was concurrently appointed a Senior Fellow and Lecturer at Yale University’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs.

Ms. DiCarlo graduated from Brown University with a B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature, as well as Slavic languages and literature. She speaks French and Russian.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. DiCarlo is married.

 

 

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé-Brook Zerihoun

Portrait of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Tayé Brook-ZerihounTayé-Brook Zerihoun of Ethiopia was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 28 April 2010 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Zerihoun replaced Mr. Haile Menkerios, who now serves as Special Representative to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU).

Mr. Zerihoun brings to this position a wealth of experience and administrative skills from his various assignments with the United Nations since March 1981. He has worked on special political questions in New York, in different capacities and areas like decolonization, trusteeship, conflict prevention and resolution, peacemaking, peacebuilding and peacekeeping. Between 1995 and 2003, he served initially as Deputy and then Director of the Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs, with responsibility for the countries of the Horn of Africa, Great Lakes and Southern Africa regions, as well as regional organizations including the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Zerihoun served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Cyprus and Head of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP). He was the Acting Special Representative of the United Nations Mission in the Sudan (UNMIS) from 2006 to 2007, where he also served as the Secretary-General’s Principal Deputy Representative since August 2004 and Chief United Nations Mediator for the Darfur Peace Talks in support of the efforts of Special Envoy Jan Eliasson.

Mr. Zerihoun completed both his undergraduate and graduate studies in New York, and holds a master of philosophy degree in comparative politics from Columbia University.

Mr. Zerihoun was born on 13 December 1942. He is married and has four children.

 

Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav Jenča

Portrait of Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Miroslav JencaMiroslav Jenča of Slovakia assumed Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 1 May 2015, having been appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. Mr. Jenča succeeds Jens Toyberg-Frandzen of Denmark who was appointed Assistant Secretary-General ad interim for Political Affairs in November2014.

As Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs, Mr. Jenča will be responsible, inter alia, for overseeing the divisions in the Department of Political Affairs dealing with the Americas, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and the Middle East and West Asia, as well as the Decolonization Unit and the Division for Palestinian Rights.

Mr. Jenča has served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, since 2008. He was previously Director of the Office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovakia, as well as Ambassador and Head of Mission to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Centre in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. He served as Ambassador and Representative of Slovakia to the Political and Security Committee of the European Union and Ambassador of Slovakia to Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia, including positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and diplomatic missions in Ireland and Mexico.

Mr. Jenča holds a Doctor of Law degree from Comenius University in Bratislava. He studied foreign trade at the University of Economics in Bratislava, diplomacy and international relations at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, and diplomacy at Stanford University.

Born in 1965, he is married and has two children.

 

 

Directors of HQ Divisions

Office of the Under-Secretary-General: Chief of Office: Kyoko Shiotani

Africa I Division (Egypt, the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes, Eastern and South Africa): Director: Graham Maitland

Africa II Division (West, Central and Northern Africa): Director: Abdel Fatau Musah

Americas Division: Director: Laura Flores

Europe Division: Director: Levent Bilman

Asia and Pacific Division: Director: Mari Yamashita

Middle East and West Asia Division: Director: Susanne Rose

Electoral Assistance Division: Director: Craig Jenness

Division for Palestinian Rights: Director: Elio Tamburi

Policy and Mediation Division: Officer in Charge: Teresa Whitfield

Security Council Affairs Division: Director: Hasmik Egian

Decolonization Unit: Chief: Josiane Ambiehl

 

 

Senior Officials in the Field

Country Title Name (Country) Organizations Date of appointment
Afghanistan Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA

Tadamichi Yamamoto
(Japan)

United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
(UNAMA)

18 March 2016 S/2016/261
S/2016/260

African Union Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, UNOAU   United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU)

 

Burundi Special Envoy of the Secretary-General Michel Kafando (Burkina Faso)  

5 May 2017
S/2017/396
S/2017/397

Central Africa Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of UNOCA François Louncény Fall  (Guinea) United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) 14 February 2017
S/2017/137
S/2017/138
Central Asia Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA Natalia Gherman
 (Moldova)
UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan 13 September 2017
S/2017/785
S/2017/786
Colombia Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia Jean Arnault  (France) UN Verification Mission in Colombia 8 March 2016
S/2016/227
S/2016/226
Cyprus Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Cyprus   United Nations Good Offices Mission  
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia-Greece Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for the Greece-FYROM talks

Matthew Nimetz
(United States)

  21 December 1999
S/1999/1286
S/1999/1287
Geneva International Discussions UN Representative to the Geneva International Discussions Ayşe Cihan Sultanoğlu (Turkey) United Nations Representative to the Geneva International Discussions (UNRGID)

6 July 2018
S/2018/665
S/2018/666

The Great Lakes region Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region Said Djinnit
 (Algeria)
  17 July 2014 
S/2014/502
S/2014/503
Guinea-Bissau Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Guinea-Bissau and Head of UNIOGBIS

José Viegas Filho (Brazil)

United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau
(UNIOGBIS)

04 May 2018
S/2018/420
S/2018/421

Iraq Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of UNAMI Ján Kubiš
 (Slovakia)
United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) 24 February 2015
S/2015/129
S/2015/130
Lebanon Acting Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon Pernille Dahler Kardel
 (Denmark)
Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL) 22 November 2017
S/2017/983
S/2017/984
Libya Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Libya and Head of UNSMIL

Ghassan Salamé  (Lebanon)

United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) 21 June 2017
S/2017/527
S/2017/528
Middle East Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and Personal Representative of the Secretary-General to the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian Authority Nickolay Mladenov
 (Bulgaria)
Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process 5 February 2015
S/2015/89
S/2015/88
Myanmar Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Myanmar Christine Schraner Burgener   (Switzerland)  

26 April 2018

Somalia Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Somalia and Head of Mission, UNSOM Nicholas Haysom
 (South Africa)
United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)

11 September 2018
S/2018/832
S/2018/833

Sudan and South Sudan Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan    

18 March 2016
S/2016/258
S/2016/259

Syria Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria Staffan de Mistura
 (Italy/Sweden)
  10 July 2014
West Africa and the Sahel Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of UNOWAS Mohammed Ibn Chambas
 (Ghana)
United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) 18 March 2016
Western Sahara Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara

Horst Koehler (Germany)

 

25 May 2017 S/2017/462
S/2017/463

Yemen Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen Martin Griffiths 
(United Kingdom)
 

16 February 2018
S/2018/126
S/2018/127

 

List of Special and Personal Representatives, Envoys and Advisers of the Secretary-General in the field