NEW YORK/ROME, JUNE 22 – United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres officially announced the appointment of Ghassan Salamé of Lebanon as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Mr. Salamé will succeed Martin Kobler of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his dedication and service, as well as for his effective leadership of UNSMIL.
Warm congratulations were offered by Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs Angelino Alfano to the new envoy. “I am sure that Ghassan Salamè will accomplish his delicate mandate with wisdom and balance”, Alfano said reiterating Italy’s support to the stabilization of Libya also through his role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council”. The Italian Minister expressed his belief that there is noi. military solution to the crisis in Libya and that the future of Libya should remain in the hands of the Libyan people.
Mr. Ghassan Salamé brings to this position over three decades of experience in public service and academia. In 2003, he served as the Political Advisor to the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), where he played a crucial role in bringing together Iraqi factions. He was then appointed as Senior Advisor to the Secretary-General (2003-2007, 2012). In 2016, he joined the Commission on the Rakhine State (Myanmar) chaired by Mr. Kofi Annan. For most of his career, he was professor of International Relations at Sciences-Po (Paris) and he is the founding Dean of its Paris School of International Affairs – PSIA.
Mr. Salamé received a B.A. and M.A. in Public Law from Saint-Joseph University in Lebanon, Ph.Ds. in Humanities from Paris III Sorbonne- Nouvelle University and in Political Science from the Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne University. (@OnuItalia)