United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Alpha Oumar Konaré, have appointed Rodolphe Adada of the Congo as Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur. In accordance with the 16 November 2006 high-level meeting in Addis Ababa on the situation in Darfur, whose conclusions were subsequently endorsed by the 30 November 2006 summit-level meeting of the African Union Peace and Security Council and the 19 December 2006 Statement of the President of the United Nations Security Council, the Joint AU-UN Special Representative for Darfur will head the African Union-United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
On behalf of the Secretary-General and the African Union Commission Chairperson, the Joint Special Representative will have overall authority over the peacekeeping mission in Darfur, oversee the implementation of its mandate, and be responsible for the mission's management and functioning.
Mr. Adada has served since 1997 as Minister for Foreign Affairs, Cooperation and Relations with Francophone Countries of the Congo and has been adviser to President Denis Sassou-Nguesso. His service with the Government of the Congo included the posts of Minister of Education and Minister of Mining and Energy. He was also a Professor at Marien Ngouabi University. Mr. Adada is married with three children.
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