Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed as a member of an 18-man United Nations Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation.
The appointment was confirmed in a statement by the UN Secretary General, Antonio Gutierrez.
The board was described as a part of the “surge in diplomacy for peace” consistently advocated by Gutierrez.
The board is said to be expected to allow the UN work more effectively with regional organisations, non-governmental groups and others involved in mediation around the world.
Guitierrez described Obasanjo as one of the most distinguished elder statesmen of Africa.
Others on the board include President Michelle Bachelet (Chile), Radhika Coomaraswamy (Sri Lanka), Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), Jean-Marie Guéhenno (France), Tarja Halonen (Finland), David Harland (New Zealand), Noeleen Heyzer (Singapore), and Nasser Judeh (Jordan).