António Guterres announces appointment of Martha Pobee as UN Under-Secretary-General for Africa

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Mr. António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, announced the appointment of Mrs. Martha Ama Akyaa Pobee, an eminent Ghanaian career diplomat, as Assistant Secretary-General for Africa in the Departments of Political Affairs and Peace and Peace Operations (DPPA-DPO).

A statement released by the UN Secretary General, which was made available to the Ghana News Agency, Accra, said Madame Pobee succeeds Madame Bintou Keita of Guinea, who has taken up a new assignment in as Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Head of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO).

A career diplomat, Ms. Pobee brings over 30 years of experience in international affairs and diplomacy to the Ghana Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Currently Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, she served as Ghana’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2015 to 2020.

In this position, she carried out various special missions, including as President of the Group of African Ambassadors in New York, Vice-President of the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly, President of the New York Group of Friends of the African – Women Leaders Network, co-facilitator of the 2019 High Level Meeting on Financing for Development and co-chair of the Group of Friends on Gender Parity at the United Nations.

Ms. Pobee previously served as Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d’Affaires at the Ghana High Commission in Pretoria (2012 to 2015), Director of the Office of Information and Public Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2010 to 2012) and Head of Chancery. at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, DC (2006 to 2010).

She served as Acting Director of the Offices of Human Resources and Administration (2006) and Information, Culture and Linguistics (2004 to 2006).

Assigned to the Embassy of Ghana in Tel Aviv in 2000, she served as Minister-Counsellor and Deputy Head of Mission (2002 to 2004) and Chargé d’Affaires (2000 to 2002).

Ms. Pobee also served as Acting Director of the Bureau of Personnel and Training (1998 to 2000), after being assigned to the Permanent Mission of Ghana to the United Nations Office at Geneva (1995 to 1998) and the Embassy in Moscow, where she was First Secretary (1994 to 1995).

A graduate of the University of Ghana, Ms. Pobee also holds a Masters in Development Studies with a specialization in Women and Development from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.

She is also a graduate in public administration and multilateral diplomacy from the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration and the Geneva Institute of International Studies.

The Secretary General expressed his gratitude to Ms. Keita for her services and contributions as the first Assistant Secretary General for Africa within the DPPA-DPO.

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