Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland (1990-1997) and former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997-2002), was appointed by Ban Ki-moon on 18 March 2013.
Desmond Tutu, Chair of The Elders, said:
“Mary faces the formidable challenge of helping to bring about peace in a region torn apart by decades of strife.
“As always, she will work with all parties with courage and integrity, and with tremendous compassion for all those who are suffering. My fellow Elders and I are very proud of her for accepting this historic mission.”
As Special Envoy, Mary Robinson will play a key role in supporting the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa, signed by 11 African countries in Addis Ababa on 24 February 2013.
Lesley-Anne Knight, Chief Executive Officer of The Elders, said:
“Mary Robinson is a tireless advocate for peace and human rights. She will bring real authority and momentum to the UN’s efforts in the Great Lakes region.
“The Elders will stand by to support her every step of the way.”