The Special Envoy to the Secretary-General on Yemen (SESG)

unct-ye-sesg-meeting-image-2016Yemen Peace Talks, Geneva, December 2015. UN Photo


The Special Envoy of the Secretary-General (SESG) for Yemen is leading the UN’s efforts to build consensus towards a political agreement in order to ending the fighting in the country.

Since its establishment in 2011, the Office of the Special Envoy for Yemen (OSESGY), has been working with relevant stakeholders in Yemen and the region, to stop the violence and bring the country back to a peaceful and orderly political process. It endeavors to support the implementation of the Gulf Cooperation Council Initiative, the outcomes of the National Dialogue, and relevant Security Council resolutions.

The office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General for Yemen (OSESGY) is also engaged with civil society organizations, women, youth in addition to other relevant parties in support of an inclusive peaceful Yemeni-led transition.

In April 2015, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon appointed Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, from Mauritania, as his Special Envoy for Yemen. Since his appointment, the Special Envoy has worked to secure a permanent ceasefire as well as comprehensive agreements towards a peaceful political transition. The Special Envoy has conducted rounds of peace talks Switzerland, (2015) and Kuwait (2016) in order to reach a comprehensive agreement.