Special Representative of the Secretary-General
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A Special Representative of the Secretary-General is a highly respected expert who has been appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to represent her/him in meetings with heads of state on critical human rights issues. The representatives can carry out country visits to investigate allegations of human rights violations or act as negotiators on behalf of the United Nations.
Current Special Representatives
Some of the Special Representatives include:
- Michael Keating, Special Representative for Somalia and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM).
- Louise Arbour, Special Representative for International Migration (from March 2017)
- Pramila Patten, Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
- Virginia Gamba, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict 
- Marta Santos Pais, Special Representative on Violence against Children
- Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, Special Representative on the human rights of internally displaced persons (November 2016)
- John Ruggie, Special Representative on human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
- Zahir Tanin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and the head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK)
- Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and head of the UN Mission for Iraq (UNAMI)
- Tadamichi Yamamoto, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) (June 2016)
- David Nabarro, Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Food Security and Nutrition, Coordinator of the High-Level Task Force on the Global Food Security Crisis (HLTF)
- Wolfgang Weisbrod-Weber, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara and head of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO)
- Abdallah Wafy, currently the United Nations Secretary-General's Deputy Special Representative for the Democratic Republic of the Congo of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (MONUSCO)
- Mami Mizutori, Special Representative on Disaster Risk Reduction
Former Special Representatives
Some of the former special representatives Include:
- Peter Sutherland, Special Representative for International Migration (during 2006-2017)
- Zainab Hawa Bangura for Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict
- William L. Swing, for the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Western Sahara
- Julian Harston, for Minurso, Western Sahara.
- Martti Ahtisaari, for Namibia
- Jan Pronk, for Sudan
- Sergio Viera de Mello, for East Timor, and Iraq.
- Sukehiro Hasegawa, for East Timor
- Jean Arnault, for Afghanistan
- Bernard Kouchner, for Kosovo
- Jacques Paul Klein, for Liberia
- Victor Angelo, for United Nations Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad
- Hina Jilani, for Human Rights Defenders
- Yash Ghai, for Human rights in Cambodia
- Mohamed Sahnoun, at the service of the United Nations Operation in Somalia I.
- Ad Melkert, for Iraq
- Natalio C. Ecarma III, for the United Nations Disengagement Observer Force
- Juan E. Méndez, Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide
- Special Representative of the Secretary-General for East Timor
- Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Kosovo
- Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Western Sahara
- High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Special Envoy of the Secretary-General
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