UN chief names Nigerian as new representative for Central African Republic

08:26, May 20, 2011      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Thursday announced the appointment of Margaret Vogt of Nigeria to become the special representative and head of the United Nations Integrated Peacebuilding Office in the Central African Republic (BINUCA).

Vogt will replace Sahle-Work Zewede of Ethiopia, according to a statement issued by Ban's spokesperson's office.

The statement said Ban is grateful for Zewde's tireless efforts to help promote peace and security and development in the Central African Republic. He is particularly grateful for "her leadership in establishing the integrated peacebuilding mission in the country".

Vogt has 34 years of national, diplomatic and academic experience during which the focus was put on Africa. Currently she serves as the deputy director of the Africa I Division in the Department of Political Affairs at the UN. Prior to that she acted as Ban's deputy special representative of the UN political office for Somalia, said the statement.

Vogt has written and published several books and articles in academic journals. She holds a Masters in international affairs from Columbia University, it said.

Source: Xinhua
 
 
     
 
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