The United Nations has appointed the Senegalese Secretary-General, Abdallah Patel, as his Special Representative in Libya and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL)..
According to the United Nations, “The new Special Representative brings with him more than 40 years of experience, during which he held positions in his national government, academic institutions, regional organizations and the United Nations.”.
The United Nations Information Center said Batley succeeds John Kubis (from Slovakia), who previously served as Special Envoy and UNSMIL Chief of Mission. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres thanked him for his service to the organization.
In his most recent assignment with the United Nations in 2021, Batley served as an independent expert for the strategic review of UNSMIL, the statement said..
He previously served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Mission (MINUSMA), Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Central Africa and Head of the United Nations Regional Office for Central Africa from 2013-2014. Gabon (2014-2016).
In 2018, he was appointed Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Madagascar, and in 2019 he served as an Independent Expert for the Strategic Review of the United Nations Office for West Africa..
Batley held various ministerial positions in the Government of Senegal, notably as Senior Minister in the Office of the President for African Affairs (2012–2013), Minister of Energy and Hydraulics (2000–2001) and Minister of Environment and Nature Conservation (1993–1998). He was elected to the National Assembly in 1998, and served as its Deputy Speaker from 2001 to 2006..
He was also elected a member of the Economic Community of the West African Parliament (2002-2006 Batelli has taught history at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal for over 30 years, and has lectured at many universities around the world..
It is noteworthy that he holds a doctorate in philosophy of history from the University of Birmingham, England, and a doctorate from Sheikh Anta Diop University.
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