Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) and Head of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 9 March 2016 announced the appointment of Jean Arnault of France as his Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Mission in Colombia. Mr. Arnault had served as Delegate of the Secretary-General to the Sub-Commission on End of Conflict Issues within the Colombian Peace Process since 13 August 2015. In that position, he has been working closely with the negotiating teams of the Government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People’s Army (FARC-EP) in the context of the peace talks that take place in Havana. Mr. Arnault has also been leading the Secretariat preparations for the deployment of the United Nations Mission in Colombia, established by the Security Council in January 2016.
Previously, Mr. Arnault was appointed by the Secretary-General as a member of the High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations. Prior to that, he served as United Nations Special Adviser to the Group of Friends of Democratic Pakistan; Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG); Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office in Burundi (UNOB). He was a moderator in the Guatemala peace process before his appointment as Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Guatemala (MINUGUA).
Having graduated in philosophy from the University of Sorbonne-Paris I, Mr. Arnault was a professor at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), focusing on peace settlements and mediation. He is also a non-resident Senior Fellow at the Centre on International Cooperation at New York University.
Born in 1951, he is married and has two children.
Deputy Special Representative and Deputy Head of the United Nations Verification Mission in Colombia.
Jessica Faieta has over 25 years of distinguished service with the United Nations system. Since 2014, she has been the Assistant Secretary-General and Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), where she was previously the Deputy Regional Director. Prior to this, she served as Senior Country Director in Haiti, and UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in El Salvador and Belize. She also served in the Executive Office of the Secretary-General as Director of the Office of the Deputy Secretary-General. Earlier in her career, Ms. Faieta served in the Office of the UNDP Administrator and in field assignments in Argentina, Cuba, Guyana and Panama.
Ms. Faieta holds a Master of International Affairs as well as a Master of Business Administration from Columbia University in New York, USA. She is also a Yale University World Fellow.
Verification Director a.i. of the UN Verification Mission in Colombia
Raúl Rosende is the Chief of Staff of the UN Mission in Colombia and has led the advanced team that that arrived in the country in February 2016.
Raúl Rosende has 26 years of experience in coordinating peace initiatives and in monitoring peace agreements, facilitating negotiations between authorities and non-state armed actors, and verifying peace and humanitarian agreements. Throughout his career he has worked for the United Nations and the Organization of American States (OAS).
He was UN Humanitarian Coordinator for northern Syria between 2014 and 2016; Director of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), in Damascus, Syria (2013-2014) and in Yemen (2010-2013). From 2008 to 2010 he was UNDP Peace Adviser in Palestine and from 2008 to 2010 he headed OCHA in Colombia, where he previously had been an advisor to the Resident Coordinator and Programme Coordinator.
In previous years, he worked as a Political Adviser in United Nations missions in Afghanistan and Guatemala.
He was Programme Coordinator of the OAS in Guatemala (1997-200) and in Nicaragua (1990-1996).
He has a Master's degree in International Relations and another in Peacebuilding.
Raúl Rosende has two daughters.