Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has informed the Security Council of his intention to appoint Sahle-Work Zewde of Ethiopia as the top United Nations official in the Central African Republic (CAR). Should the appointment be confirmed, Sahlework would become the second Ethiopian woman a high profile position at the United Nations.
Dr. Mulu Ketsela, former state Minister of Finance and Economic Development, was the very first Ethiopian woman appointed in 2006 to represent 22 Sub-Sahara African countries on the 21 member Board of Executive Directors of the World Bank Group..
Ms. Sahlework, according to reports, will be replacing François Fall of Guinea. Her appointment would see her becoming the second woman serving as a Special Representative of the Secretary-General.
As the new Special Representative, she would head the UN Peace building Support Office in CAR (BONUCA:- Bureau d’appui des Nations Unies pour la consolidation de la paix en République Centrafricaine), which is to be succeeded by the UN Integrated Peace building Office, to be known as BINUCA (Bureau intégré des Nations Unies pour la consolidation de la paix en République centrafricaine: integrated UN office for peacebuilding in the Central African Republic).
The appointment of Ambassador Sahlework is attributed to her long experience working in conflict prevention and peace building activities in the African Union, Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs disclosed on Wednesday.
She has been involved in deliberations on the situation in the Central African Republic and she has deep understating of the close partnership of the United Nations and the AU in resolving conflicts as well in peace building efforts in Africa, the Ministry said.
Ambassador Sahlework has over 20 years of diplomatic service as Ambassador.
She is currently the Permanent Representative of Ethiopia to the African Union and the UN Economic Commission for Africa.