Said Djinnit takes up office as new UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region
Mr. Djinnit started his journey with a courtesy call to the Kenyan authorities last month. “As soon as I received my appointment, I thought it would be appropriate to come and introduce myself to you, and seek your partnership and support for the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework agreement,” Mr. Djinnit told Deputy President William Ruto in Nairobi on 22 August. “I would like to build on the achievements of my predecessor, Mary Robinson, and promote a strong partnership around the Framework agreement also known as ‘Framework of Hope’”.
On 29 August, the Special Envoy met with President Joseph Kabila of the DRC and a whole range of national dignitaries to discuss the ongoing challenges facing the region, especially the FDLR disarmament, the repatriation of former M23 combatants from Uganda and Rwanda, and the need to sustain momentum around the implementation of the PSC Framework.
Mr. Djinnit also intends to travel in the coming days and weeks to the capitals of other signatory countries of the PSC Framework, where he will meet with the respective authorities and regional representatives.
Prior to his appointment as Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Mr. Djinnit served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWA).
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.