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Biography of Sahle WORK ZEWDE

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Born on 21/02/1950 (format : day/month/year)

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Sahle-Work Zewde (b. February 21, 1950), is an Ethiopian diplomat.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as his new Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office in the Central African Republic (BONUCA), which is to be succeeded by the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office (BINUCA).

Ms. Zewde, who will replace François Lonseny Fall, will be the second woman to be appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General under Secretary-General Ban.

Ms. Zewde has more than 20 years of diplomatic service as ambassador. She is currently Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa. She has also served as Director-General for African Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, posts that she has held since 2006.

Prior to that appointment, Ms. Zewde was Ambassador to France, Permanent Representative to UNESCO and accredited to Tunisia and Morocco (2002-2006). From 1993 to 2002, she served as Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative to the Intergovernmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and to Senegal, with accreditation to Mali, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Gambia and Guinea (1989-1993).

Ms. Zewde has represented her country in the Peace and Security Council of the African Union since 2006 and co-chaired the United Nations Security Council-African Union Peace and Security Council joint meeting in April 2008 in New York.

She has attended most IGAD meetings, as well as Organization of African Unity (OAU)/African Union summits and led the experts group in different partnership summits with Africa (China-India-European Union-France-South America-Turkey), and has led the OAU observer team in parliamentary and presidential elections in the Niger (1993 and 1996), as well as Mali (1991).

Ms. Zewde is a natural sciences graduate of the University of Montpellier, France. She is fluent in Amharic, French and English.




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