16 Jan 2018 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 16 JAN (NAMPA) Bience Gawanass vast experience will serve her in good stead in her new position as United Nations (UN) Special Advisor on Africa, Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah has said.
The UN on Monday announced that UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has appointed Gawanas as the organisations Special Advisor on Africa. She succeeds Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt.
Nandi-Ndaitwah, who also serves as Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, said in a media statement issued Tuesday the Namibian Government has full confidence in her intellectual abilities and professionalism.
Gawanas is currently the Special Advisor to Namibias Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare and previously served as African Union (AU) Commissioner for Social Affairs, a position she held for eight years.
Nandi-Ndaitwah said Gawanas, who was the first African female AU Commissioner for Social Affairs, has been deservedly credited for having made significant contributions towards the development of the AU social policy.
Her vast experience will serve her in good stead in her new position, thus facilitating the consolidation of effective cooperation between the AU and UN, she said.
She explained that Gawanas will be ranked third highest in the UN after the secretary-general and deputy secretary general and will be based at the United Nations headquarters in New York.
In her new position as Special Advisor on Africa, Gawanas follows in the footsteps of African diplomats such as Professor Ibrahim Gambari of Nigeria and Legwaila Josef Legwaila, former Ambassador of Botswana to the UN who served as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, she said.
Nandi-Ndaitwah also congratulated Ministry of International Relations and Corporation Permanent Secretary, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi on her appointment as member of the UN Secretary-Generals Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters.