Former Ghanaian Deputy FM Bombande gets UN appointment

ACCRA, July 24 (Xinhua) — Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ghana, Emmanuel Bombande has been appointed by the United Nations (UN) as its Senior Mediation Advisor in the Central African Republic (CAR), Xinhua learned here Monday.

“I am appointed Senior Mediation Advisor for the UN Mission in Central African Republic. I assume duties August 1,” Bombande, a peace-building and conflict resolution expert disclosed to Xinhua.

Before becoming deputy foreign minister, Bombande had been the Special Assistant/Adviser to the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative to West Africa and was Head of the UN Office for West Africa that has the mandate, among other things to enhance the contributions of the UN towards the achievement of peace and security in West Africa.

A co-founder of the West Africa Network for Peace-Building (WANEP), an organization specialized in conflict resolution, mediation and peace-building in the West African sub-region, the new UN Senior Advisor holds a Master’s degree in Conflict Transformation from the Eastern Mennonite University-Virginia-USA.

Bombande, who stepped down from the position of Executive Director of WANEP in January 2015, has been teaching various peace building courses in different institutions including Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra, Ghana; the University of Ghana’s Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy in Sweden.

He was appointed by former Ghanaian President, John Dramani Mahama as Deputy Foreign Minister in July 2016.