Rosemary A. DiCarlo of the United States assumed the post of Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs on 1 May 2018. She was appointed by Secretary-General António Guterres and succeeded Mr. Jeffrey Feltman.
Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Ms. DiCarlo is married.
Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support, Oscar Fernandez-Taranco
Oscar Fernandez-Taranco of Argentina was appointed Assistant Secretary-General for Peacebuilding Support on 2 September 2014 by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
With more than 30 years of experience in the United Nations System, Mr. Fernandez-Taranco worked both at Headquarters and in the field, managing development, political, peacebuilding, human rights and humanitarian operations in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific and Europe.
Prior to his appointment, he was Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs in the Department of Political Affairs since July 2009. He also served as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in the United Republic of Tanzania.
From 1994 to 1998, he served as Deputy Special Representative of the Administrator in the West Bank and Gaza Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People. He was also the Deputy Assistant Administrator and Deputy Regional Director in the Regional Bureau for Arab States, UNDP, from 2001 to 2006, and Resident Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator and Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Haiti from 1998 to 2001.
Mr. Fernandez-Taranco was educated at Cornell University, where he studied economics, and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying urban-regional economic planning. Born in 1957, he is married and has two children.
Assistant Secretary-General for Africa, Bintou Keita
Bintou Keita is the current Assistant-Secretary General for Africa.
Ms. Keita joined the United Nations in 1989. From 2015 to 2017, she served as Deputy Joint Special Representative for the African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID). Prior to that, her most recent positions include Ebola Crisis Manager for Sierra Leone, Chief of Staff and Director of Operations for the United Nations Mission for Ebola Emergency Response from 2014 to 2015.
Ms. Keita served in several senior management and leadership functions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Chad, Congo, Madagascar, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Burundi and the United States. From 2007 to 2010, she was Deputy Executive Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Integrated Office in Burundi. She has also worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Canadian International Development Agency in Guinea.
Born in 1958, Ms. Keita holds a master’s degree in social economy from the University Paris II, France, and a post-graduate degree in business administration and management from the University of Paris IX, France.
Assistant Secretary-General for Europe, Central Asia and Americas, Miroslav Jenča
Miroslav 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.
Assistant Secretary-General for Middle East, Asia and the Pacific
|Country||Title||Name (Country)||Organizations||Date of appointment|
|Afghanistan||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and Head of UNAMA||
|United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan
|African Union||Special Representative of the Secretary-General to the African Union, UNOAU||
Hanna Serwaa Tetteh (Ghana)
|United Nations Office to the African Union (UNOAU)||
10 December 2018
|Burundi||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General||Michel Kafando (Burkina Faso)|
|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
|Central Asia||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Asia and Head of UNRCCA||Natalia Gherman
|UN Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia (UNRCCA) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan||13 September 2017
|Colombia||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Colombia and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia||Carlos Ruiz Massieu (Mexico)||UN Verification Mission in Colombia||10 December 2018
|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||
|21 December 1999
|Geneva International Discussions||UN Representative to the Geneva International Discussions||Ayşe Cihan Sultanoğlu (Turkey)||United Nations Representative to the Geneva International Discussions (UNRGID)|
|The Great Lakes region||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General to the Great Lakes Region||Said Djinnit
|17 July 2014
|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
|Iraq||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq and Head of UNAMI||Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert
|United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)||31 August 2018
|Lebanon||Special Coordinator of the Secretary-General for Lebanon||Ján Kubiš
|Office of the United Nations Special Coordinator for Lebanon (UNSCOL)||9 January 2019
|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
|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
|Office of the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process||5 February 2015
|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
|United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)|
|Sudan and South Sudan||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Sudan and South Sudan|
|Syria||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Syria||Geir O. Pedersen
|31 October 2018|
|West Africa and the Sahel||Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa and Head of UNOWAS||Mohammed Ibn Chambas
|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)
|Yemen||Special Envoy of the Secretary-General for Yemen||Martin Griffiths