Secretary-General appoints Aurélien Agbénonci of Benin Deputy Special Representative and Resident Coordinator for Central African Republic

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Secretary-General SG/A/1458 BIO/4582 PKO/398

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United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Aurélien Agbénonci of Benin as Deputy Special Representative for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA).

Mr. Agbénonci will also serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative. The Secretary-General expresses his sincere thanks to Mr. Georg Charpentier, who served as Deputy Special Representative, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative ad interim.

The new Deputy Special Representative brings extensive experience with the United Nations system to the position, having worked on conflict, development and governance issues. He has served throughout Africa, including as United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Rwanda, from 2008 to 2011, and Congo, from 2003 to 2008. Previously, he was UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Côte d’Ivoire, from 1999 to 2003, and Cameroon, from 1996 to 1999.

Prior to his career with the United Nations, he was Senior Programme Coordinator and Chief of Staff at the Pan–African Social Prospects Centre in Benin, and worked in the Faculty of Law at the University of Nanterre in France. Most recently, Mr. Agbénonci was the Humanitarian Coordinator, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Mali from 2012 to 2013.

Mr. Agbénonci earned graduate degrees in international trade law from the University of Paris X Nanterre and in institutional development, governance and environmental sciences from the University of Dakar in Senegal. He also holds a master’s degree in business law from the University of Dakar.

Born in 1958, Mr. Agbénonci is married and has two children.

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