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UN chief appoints Okoth-Obbo of Uganda as special adviser on responsibility to protect

George William Okoth-Obbo of Uganda is the Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect. File/@GeorgeOkothObbo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has appointed George William Okoth-Obbo of Uganda as his Special Adviser on the Responsibility to Protect. He will succeed Karen Smith of South Africa, to whom the Secretary-General is deeply grateful.

 

Currently Assistant Secretary-General and Secretary and Head of the Secretariat of the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement, a position to which he was appointed by the Secretary-General in 2019, Okoth-Obbo has had a United Nations career spanning over 30 years.

Okoth-Obbo holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of Nairobi, a Bachelor of Laws from Makerere University and a diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda.  Prior to joining UNHCR, he was a Lecturer in Law at the Law Development Centre and Faculty of Law at Makerere University respectively.

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