Lieutenant General Babacar Gaye has been named UN Special Representative and head of its integrated peace-building office for the Central African Republic (BINUCA) based in Bangui.
The Senegalese career soldier succeeds Margaret Vogt of Nigeria.
“The Secretary-General is grateful for Vogt’s leadership and her efforts to promote peace, security and development in the Central African Republic,” a UN statement said.
“Gaye, previously assistant secretary-general and military advisor for peacekeeping operations, brings to his new position years of diplomatic, political and military experience with the UN system and his own government,” the statement adds.
Gaye previously served as force commander of the UN Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO) from 2005 to 2010. He also participated in other peace missions in Lebanon and Iraq.
He has held several leadership and staff positions in the Senegalese government including Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Ambassador to Germany and to the UN in Vienna (2004-2005), Chief of Defence Staff (2000-2003), Commander of Military Region 6 (1997-2000), Director of Documentation and External Security (1994-1997) and Director of Information and Public Relations (1993-1994).
BINUCA’s conversion in January 2010 to an “integrated” mission was designed to ensure the coherence of peace-building support activities by UN entities in the CAR.
The Office operates under a mandate from the Security Council to help consolidate peace and national reconciliation, strengthen democratic institutions to promote the rule of law and mobilise international political support and resources for national reconstruction and economic recovery. It also promotes public awareness of human rights issues as well as monitoring developments and strengthening civil society capacity in this regard.