GOINGS-ON

Annan Assembles a Veteran Team for Syria

Kofi Annan, with the Security Council now fully behind his mediation mission in Syria, has gathered a group of experienced former United Nations officials and diplomats to work with him as he seeks the end of hostilities and, ultimately, a political settlement in Damascus.

The latest addition to the former secretary-general’s team is Jean-Marie Guéhenno, a French scholar and writer on global politics who was UN under secretary-general for peacekeeping from 2000 to 2008 and previously director of policy planning in the French foreign ministry.

A cosmopolitan strategic thinker and academic who is at home in both Paris and New York, Guéhenno is now director of the Center of International Conflict Resolution at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brookings Institution in Washington.

Guehenno
Jean-Marie Guéhenno, an ex-peacekeeping chief at the UN, has been named Kofi Annan's deputy in resolving the Syrian crisis.

Guéhenno will be one of two deputies to Annan, a special envoy jointly representing the UN and the Arab League. The second deputy, named earlier, is Nasser al-Kidwa, a Palestinian diplomat who was permanent observer for Palestine at the UN from 1991 to 2005. Al-Kidwa, who later served as the Palestinian Authority’s foreign minister, is now chairman of the Yasser Arafat Foundation. Arafat, the late Palestinian leader, was his uncle.

Annan has chosen Ahmad Fawzi as his spokesman for the Syria mission as well. Fawzi, an Egyptian, was deputy UN spokesman during the term of Secretary-General Boutros Boutros-Ghali in 1992-1996, and then director of the UN information center in London from 1997 to 2003 and of the UN news and media division in New York from 2003 to 2010.

A former news editor for Reuters television in Europe and New York, Fawzi also spent 18 years as a news producer and anchor for Egyptian radio and television from 1966 to 1984. After leaving the UN in 2010, Fawzi became an international communication consultant based in The Netherlands.

As he takes on his very difficult mission, Annan will be surrounded and supported by people he knows well from his long career at the UN, culminating in his 10 years as secretary-general from 1997 to 2007, when he was succeeded by Ban Ki-moon.

Additional resources

The Security Council Shows Unity on Syria Crisis

Ban’s Latest High-Level Appointments


 

 

General Assembly Condemns Syria in a Strong Vote

Human Rights Chief Calls for More Action in Syria

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t Miss a Story: Subscribe to PassBlue

Sign up to get the smartest news on the UN by email, joining readers across the globe.


 

 

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously

Leave a Comment

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Support nonprofit journalism →
Left Menu Icon

Don't Miss a Story:

Subscribe to PassBlue

Sign up to get the smartest news on the UN by email, joining readers across the globe.​

We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously​