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Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo


Welcome to the Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes Region and the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Our Mission: The Special Envoy’s office develops and leads the implementation of U.S. policy on the cross-border security, political, economic and social issues arising in the Great Lakes region of Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo (D.R.C.).

The Envoy will lead U.S. efforts to support the implementation of Peace, Security, and Cooperation Framework Agreement, including the development and implementation of a comprehensive strategy to stop human suffering and violence in the region, by promoting political, economic and social reconciliation. In collaboration with the UN Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, the African Union, and other multilateral and bilateral partners, the Special Envoy will work to strengthen international coordination mechanisms on the crisis in the Great Lakes, under the umbrella of the Framework Agreement.


Date: 08/07/2015 Description: Thomas Perriello - State Dept Image

Statement on the Appointment of Special Envoy THOMAS PERRIELLO

Secretary Kerry (July 6): "The appointment of a Special Envoy for the Great Lakes reflects the Obama Administration’s firm support for the people of that region as they attempt to build a future characterized by improved governance, an end to conflict, respect for civil and political rights, and economic opportunity for all." Full Text» Biography»

UN Briefing on the Great Lakes Region

Date: 07/25/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, kicks off a discussion of Africa's Great Lakes region by the UN Security Council in New York City. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (July 25, 2013): "The crisis that we witness today underscores what we already know. ... It reminds all of us of an obligation that we all share – not only to end the killing, the raping, the forcing of children into combat, the devastation and the fear, but the obligation to establish a lasting peace ... and the birth of a new generation of stability and of hope." Full Text»

Remarks with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Date: 07/25/2013 Description: Secretary of State John Kerry, joined by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, speaks to reporters before their meeting at the UN headquarters in New York City. - State Dept Image Secretary Kerry (July 25, 2013): "In the Great Lakes region, there is an opportunity for peace.  This is an area that has been beleaguered by targeted, egregious violence, and the framework that has been put in place is an opportunity to be able to make a difference." Full Text»


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