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Mr.  Cheick S.  DIARRA

"Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries,

"Without broadband, millions are blocked from reaping the benefits that those in other countries take for granted. Governments should understand that investing in broadband capability, even if it is initially modest, represents a down payment on the future"

Ambassador Diarra has over 25 years of experience in international relations, law and development. Before he joined the United Nations, he served as the Permanent Representative of Mali to the United Nations in New York. He was also involved in the national reconciliation efforts of Mali which paved the road to peace, democracy and development. Ambassador Diarra has been actively involved in furthering the African development agenda at the international level and has been one of the lead negotiators at the African Union summits since 1982. Ambassador Diarra was Vice President of the 60th Session of the United Nations General Assembly from 2005 – 2006 and has made important contributions to the reform process of the Organization. He obtained masters degrees in international public law and international relations from Dakar University in Senegal. He received an honorary doctorate of Philosophy in Law from Hannam University of the Republic of Korea.