NEW YORK, May 1, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Abdoulaye Bathily of Senegal as his Special Representative for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa (UNOCA) in Libreville, Gabon.
Mr. Bathily succeeds Abou Moussa of Chad, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his leadership and important accomplishments of the Regional Office during his tenure at UNOCA.
Mr. Bathily brings to this position many years of political, diplomatic and academic experience with his national Government, academic institutions and more recently with the United Nations system. Mr. Bathily has been serving as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) since July 2013.
Previously, Mr. Bathily held various ministerial positions in the Senegalese Government, notably as Senior Minister in charge of African Affairs (2012-2013), Minister for Energy and Hydraulics (2000-2001) and Minister for the Environment and the Protection of Nature (1993-1998). Elected to the National Assembly in 1998, he served as Deputy Speaker from 2001 to 2006.
Having taught history for more than 30 years at the Université Cheikh Anta Diop in Senegal, Mr. Bathily also lectured in several universities around the world. Mr. Bathily holds a Doctor of Philosophy in history from the University of Birmingham in the United Kingdom, as well as a doctorate from the Université Cheikh Anta Diop.
Born in Senegal in 1947, he has four children.
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