New Permanent Representative of Mali Presents Credentials to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
Abdoulaye Tounkara, the new Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations Office at Geneva, today presented his credentials to Tatiana Valovaya, the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva.
Prior to his appointment to Geneva, Mr. Tounkara had been serving as Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of Mali since July 2021. From March 2016 to June 2021, he was a member of the follow-up committee for the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, which was the result of the Algiers process. From March 2016 to December 2020, he was the coordinator of the support unit for Sahel strategies and the implementation of the Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation in Mali, a project between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mali and the United Nations Development Programme. From July 2014 to June 2015, he was a member of the government delegation to the Algiers process.
From November 2004 to September 2015, Mr. Tounkara was posted at the Malian Embassy in Algiers, first as Second Counsellor until July 2011, and then as First Counsellor; he was Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of the Embassy from February to July 2014.
Mr. Tounkara has a master’s degree in public administration from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration-Paris (2002) and a master’s degree in legal sciences from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration-Bamako (1997). He was born on 28 April 1971.
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