In Focus: Global Governance

In Focus: Global Governance

Interview with Ambassador Augustine Mahiga, Former Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations, and former UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia

Date: February 03, 2014

Guest: Ambassador Augustine Mahiga

In the face of global challenges such as climate change, financial instability, and transnational security threats, global governance, which is the collective management of common problems at the international level, has never been more relevant. Although global governance institutions have had many successes since they were developed after the Second World War, the growing number of issues on the international agenda, and their complexity, is outpacing the ability of international organisations and national governments to cope.

Ambassador Augustine Mahiga

Former Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations, and former UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia on the challenges of global governance.

Dr Augustine Mahiga is the Minister for Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation of the United Republic of Tanzania.

He previously served as the UN Special Representative and Head of the United Nations Political Office for Somalia (2010-2013) and as the Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations (2003-2010).

In his capacity as Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations, Dr Mahiga was actively involved in various United Nations reform initiatives, including co-facilitating negotiations on establishing the Peace building Commission (2005) and co-chairing intergovernmental consultations on System-Wide Coherence reforms, including delivering as one in eight pilot countries (2008). Dr Mahiga has been engaged in intergovernmental and informal working groups on issues of development, peace and security, human rights, and strengthening the partnership between the United Nations and the African Union.

Before joining the Tanzanian Foreign Service in 1983, Dr Mahiga worked in the President’s Office as Acting Director General and Director of Research and Training from 1977–1983. He served in various capacities with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR), including as Chief of Mission to Liberia (1992-1994), Coordinator and Deputy Director of the humanitarian and refugee crisis in the Great Lakes Region (1994-1998), and UNHCR Representative in India, Italy, Malta, the Holy See and the Republic of San Marino (1998-2002).

In 1993, he was appointed by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania to the rank of Ambassador while on secondment to the

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