The new Permanent Representative of Togo to the United Nations, Kokou Kpayedo, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today.
From 2014 until his latest appointment, Mr. Kpayedo was his country’s Ambassador to Canada. Between 2009 and 2014, he served as Secretary-General of Togo’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation. From 2003 to 2009, he was Minister Counsellor at Togo’s Embassy in France and at its Permanent Delegation to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Paris.
Mr. Kpayedo held several other positions since entering Government service in 1991, including Chef de Cabinet in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation (2001-2003) and member of Togo’s Inter-ministerial Committee for the Drafting of Periodic Reports on Human Rights (1994-2001).
He holds degrees from L’A�cole nationale d’administration du Togo and l’Institut International de droit du developpement as well as a master’s degree in law from l’Universite du Benin (TOGO).
Born on 27 September 1961, Mr. Kpayedo is married and has three children.
Source: United Nations
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After months of negotiations and preparations, all parties involved asked the ICRC to conduct this operation, allowing it to use its planes. Unfortunately, the final authorization to take off on the said dates was not granted, and the operation has been postponed to a later date.
The ICRC calls on all parties involved to continue working together to allow the concerned detainees to return home to their families as soon as possible
Acting as neutral intermediary is central to ICRC’s mandate, and it stands ready to provide this humanitarian service at all times.
Since 2012, the ICRC has facilitated the repatriation of 32 prisoners of war released by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan. It has also facilitated the handover of Sudanese and foreign detainees released by armed opposition groups in Darfur.
Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).