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Sima Samar Appointed to High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation

KABUL – The United Nations Secretary-General has announced the appointment of Ms. Sima Samar and Mr. Juan Gabriel Valdés to his High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) said in a statement.
Ms. Samar and Mr. Valdés succeed Ms. Michelle Bachelet and Mr. José Manuel Ramos-Horta, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for their valued expertise during their membership of the Board, the statement added.
According to the statement by UNAMA, the High-Level Advisory Board was established on 13 September 2017 to provide the Secretary-General with advice on mediation initiatives and back specific mediation efforts around the world. The Board consists of 18 current and former global leaders, senior officials and renowned experts who bring together an unparalleled range of experience, skills, knowledge and contacts.
The statement notes that when establishing the Board, the Secretary-General considers it as part of his “surge in diplomacy for peace” in support of the prevention and mediation activities of the United Nations.
The Board is expected to allow the United Nations to work more effectively with Member States, regional organizations, non-governmental groups and others involved in the area of mediation around the world.
Sima Samar, Chairperson of the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission (AIHRC), was from 2005 to 2009, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Sudan.
She has overseen the expansion of human rights education, the implementation of a women’s rights program, and the monitoring and investigation of human rights abuses across Afghanistan.
Samar was the Vice Chair of the Emergency Loya Jirga, a role that brought her political and negotiating skills to the fore, and the first Deputy Chair and Minister of Women’s Affairs in the Interim govt of former president Hamid Karzai.
She founded the Shuhada Organization, which operates 55 schools in Afghanistan as well as three schools for Afghan refugees in Quetta, Pakistan.
(Sahar News)

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