Hannah Tetteh appointed Special UN envoy for Horn of Africa

Former Foreign Minister, Hannah Cerva Teteh has been named by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as his Special Envoy for the Horn of Africa.

She succeeds Onanga-Ananga, the Parfait of Gabon, to whom the Secretary-General reiterates his deep gratitude and appreciation for his dedicated service.

On the UN Secretary-General’s webpage, she said that Ms Teteh “brings to the position decades of experience at the national, regional and international levels, including well-honed skills in building consensus among stakeholders, which will allow her Strengthen partnerships with the United Nations and countries in the Horn of Africa, as well as with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) in the field of peace and security.

He served as the Special Representative of the Secretary-General of the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office on the African Union (UNOAU) since 2019.

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Prior to this, he served as the Director General of the United Nations Office in Nairobi.

She also served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of the Government of Ghana, during which time she was also a member of the National Security Council and the Armed Forces Council (2013–2017).

She was the Minister of Trade and Industry (2009–2013).

From 2014 to 2015, she was the chair of the Council of Ministers as well as the Chair of the Council of Arbitration and Security of the Economic Community of West African States.

During her tenure as Minister of Trade and Industry, she was also chair of the government’s economic management team, the board of the Millennium Development Authority and the National Development Planning Commission, as well as the Ghana Free Zone Board.

In 2009, he served as a spokesman for President John Evans Atta Mills’ administration transition team.

She was a Member of Parliament in 2000-2005 and 2013-2017. He was appointed a co-facilitator at the High Level Forum for the Revitalization of Agreement for Conflict Resolution in South Sudan (2017-2018).

Ms. Teteh holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, Legon. He was invited to the Ghana Bar in 1992. Apart from English, he is fluent in Hungarian and Fante.

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