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Jurist, Advocate and Policy Analyst, Désiré Assogbavi is currently the Representative of the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA) to the African Union & the UNECA, and the Chief of the Fund’s Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Before joining UNFPA, he was the founding Head of the Oxfam International Liaison Office and Resident Representative to the African Union from May 2009 until August 2017, then briefly headed Plan International Pan Africa Office. Previously, he served in Oxfam Great Britain for four years as Senior Policy Analyst (2006–2009). Before joining Oxfam, Désiré coordinated the Africa Team of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York, a project of the World Federalist Movement–Institute for Global Policy from 2001 to 2006.
From 1997 to 2001, elected by the Parliament of Togo, Désiré served in both the National Human Rights Commission and the Inter-Ministerial Commission for the Implementation of International Humanitarian Law as Commissioner. During the same period he produced and presented juridical & civic education programs on the National Radio of Togo (over 2 million listeners) and, was appointed in 1997 as Head of the Civic Education Department (Ministry of Communication).
Désiré also worked for four years as a researcher with the Nobel Prize winner the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL) and have contributed in the drafting/publication of four global annual reports of the Landmine Monitor.
Désiré was an appointed Member of the Netherlands Government’s Knowledge Platform on Inclusive Development Policies from 2014 to 2018.
He published and presented more than 80 articles and papers on various issues including international humanitarian law, international justice, civil service, the African Union, and African politics and he led the drafting team of the first-reference manual on the African Union: “African Union Compendium”.
Désiré Assogbavi studied international law, administrative sciences, human rights and management in Togo, France, Canada, and Austria. He speaks French and English.
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