A two term President and a military Head of State in Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed into the United Nations High Level Advisory Board of Mediation by the Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Gurerrez.
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The Mediation Board is composed of people with experience, skills, integrity, knowledge and contacts
The Secretary-General explained that the establishment of the Board is part of the â€œsurge in diplomacy for peaceâ€ he has consistently advocated, and gives due priority to the prevention and mediation work of the United Nations.
The Board is expected to allow the UN to work more effectively with regional organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.
In the announcement of the appointments, the world body described Obasanjo as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.
It added: â€œHe served as President of the Republic of Nigeria from 1999 to 2007, and before that as the Head of the Federal Military Government of Nigeria and Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces from 1976 to 1979. Over his long career, Mr. Obasanjo has been involved in numerous international mediation efforts, including in Angola, Burundi, Mozambique, Namibia and South Africa.
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â€œIn 2008 he was appointed the UN Secretary-Generalâ€™s Special Envoy on the Great Lakes region.â€
Also appointed into the board are President Michelle Bachelet (Chile) who is serving her second non-consecutive term as president; Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka); a 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Leymah Gbowee (Liberia); Jean-Marie GuÃ©henno (France), former President of Finland, Tarja Halonen (Finland); David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).
Others are Ramtane Lamamra (Algeria), GraÃ§a Machel (Mozambique), Asha-Rose Migiro (Tanzania), Raden Mohammad and Marty Muliana Natalegawa (Indonesia).
Also appointed into the board are Roza Otunbayeva (Kyrgyzstan), MichÃ¨le Pierre-Louis (Haiti), JosÃ© Manuel Ramos-Horta (Timor-Leste), Gert Rosenthal (Guatemala) and Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby (United Kingdom).
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