Ambassador Adonia Ayebare presented credentials to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on 3rd May 2017. Mr. Guterres underscored the important role played by Uganda in the region.
The two discussed a number of issues particularly the current refugee crisis in Uganda and the country’s leadership role in key regional conflict areas like South Sudan and Burundi.
The Secretary General confirmed his participation in the June 2017 Refugees Solidarity Conference in Uganda.
Amb. Ayebare, a career journalist and diplomat has hitherto been Senior Adviser Peace and Security at the African Union Permanent Observer Mission at The United Nations New York. He also previously served as the Deputy Permanent Representative and Chargé d’Affaires a.i. of Uganda to the United Nations a position he held twice from 2005-2008 and 2010-2012. He also served as the Director of the Africa Program at International Peace Institute a New York based Think-Tank. In his journalistic career he published for major regional and international publications.
Amb. Ayebare has practical experience in conflict prevention and mediation having worked with mediation teams on Burundi, Somalia and Sudan for over ten years . He served as Head of Mission in Rwanda and Burundi from 2002-2005 and subsequently became principal adviser and special envoy of Uganda to the Burundi peace process. During Uganda’s chairmanship of the Burundi peace initiative, he worked closely with South African and Tanzanian mediators, as well as with Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza and his predecessors.
Ambassador Ayebare is a holder of two Masters Degree from Long Island University, New York and Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and a certificate in International Security from Kennedy Business School Harvard University. He has two Doctorates from Indiana University, with residence at the United Nations New York and Rutgers University New Jersey, USA.