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United Nations System Saddened by Death of Thierno Alioune Diaoune, PBF Guinea Coordinator

Feb
13
2015

Conakry, 8 February 2015: The United Nations in Guinea offers its condolences for the death of Thierno Aliou Diaoune, National Coordinator for the UN Peacebuilding Fund.

 

The United Nations is deeply saddened by the death of Mr Diaoune in Conakry on the evening of Febrary 6, and presents its sincere condolences to his family.

Mr. Diaoune was a trusted United Nations’s partner and a tireless advocate for the construction of peace, democracy and human rights in Guinea –working tirelessly for a better world.

Since 2012, his efforts as the National Coordinator for the United Nations Peacebuilding Fund have been widely recognized by the Government, the full United Nations family of agencies in Guinea, and the many development partners of Guinea.

At the request of the Peacebuilding Fund, Mr Diaoune has traveled across Africa, seeking to bring what he and colleagues had learned at home to the benefit of others across the continent.

In his work, whether in Guinea or abroad, Mr. Diaoune’s sharp intellect, humor, diplomacy and – perhaps above all – his personal warmth made him someone who was always being sought for advice and leadership.

Prior to his work with the Peacebuilding Fund and UNDP, Mr. Diaoune served the Government as Minister of Youth and Sport, and earlier still worked as a civil society activist — all of this underlines his lifelong commitment to building a better society. The United Nations welcomes the announcement by the Government of a full investigation into Mr. Diaoune’s death and offers his full support.

Statement Attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General

New York, 10 February 2015: The Secretary-General condemns, in the strongest terms, the killing of Thierno Aliou Diaoune, National Coordinator for the UN Peacebuilding Fund, in Conakry, Guinea, on 6 February 2015.

Mr. Diaoune was a trusted United Nations partner and a tireless advocate for the construction of peace, democracy and human rights in Guinea.

The Secretary-General welcomes the announcement by the Government of a full investigation into Mr. Diaoune’s death. The Secretary-General presents his sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Diaoune.