Ex-President Obasanjo appointed into UN mediation board

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed member of an 18-man United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.

UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutierrez confirmed the appointment in a statement.

He said the board will allow the UN work more effectively with regional organisations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.

Guitierrez described Obasanjo as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.

Others on the board include President Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Jean-Marie Guéhenno (France), Tarja Halonen (Finland), David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).

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