Special Representative of the Secretary-General


Special Representative of the Secretary-General

A Special Representative of the Secretary-General is a highly respected expert who has been appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to represent her/him in meetings with heads of state on critical human rights issues. The representatives can carry out country visits to investigate allegations of human rights violations or act as negotiators on behalf of the United Nations.

Current Special Representatives

* Yash Ghai, Special Representative on human rights in Cambodia
* Hina Jilani, Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders
* Walter Kalin, Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons
* John Ruggie, Special Representative on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Former Special Representatives

* Martti Ahtisaari, for Namibia
* Jan Pronk, for Sudan
* Sergio Viera de Mello, for East Timor
* Jean Arnault, for Afghanistan
* Bernard Kouchner, for Kosovo
* Jacques Paul Klein, for Liberia

pecial Advisors

* Juan E. Méndez, Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

ee also

*Special Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor
*Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo
*High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina


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