Ibrahima Fall is a former United Nations Under Secretary General. He has successively been Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Director of the UN Centre for Human Rights in Geneva (1992-1997), Assistant Secretary-General for Political Affairs (1997-2002), Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for the Great Lakes region (2002-2007). He carried out, on behalf of the UN Secretary General, numerous good offices and conflict prevention/resolution initiatives in Africa and Eastern Europe. He also coordinated the drafting of the UN Secretary General report on ‘Causes of conflict and the promotion of durable peace and sustainable development in Africa’.
In June 2015, he was appointed as the African Union Special Representative for the Great Lakes Region and Head of the AU Liaison Office in Burundi. Prior to that, he was the AU Special Envoy to Guinea (2008-2010). He has also led the drafting of the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights of the African Union.
Mr Ibrahima has assumed governmental responsibilities in Senegal, first as Minister of Higher Education (1983-1984), then as Minister of Foreign Affairs (1984-1990). As Professor in Public Law, he held important academic functions, including that of Dean of the Faculty of Legal and Economic Sciences at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar. In 2012, Mr Fall was candidate for the 2021 Senegalese presidential elections.