Ban appoints Algerian diplomat Said Djinnit as envoy for Great Lakes region
17 July 2014 – United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced that he has appointed Said Djinnit of Algeria as his special envoy for the Great Lakes region of Africa tasked with bringing international awareness to the area’s challenges.
In his new role, one of Mr. Djinnit’s responsibilities will be drawing attention to the continuing insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where continued fighting and a decrease in financial resources is causing millions of people to go hungry.
Mr. Djinnit previously served as the first African Union (AU) Commissioner for Peace and Security, after holding various positions in the Organization of African Unity (OAU), including as Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs.
He has also worked in various diplomatic missions of his home country, including in Belgium and Ethiopia.